"Haze is traditionally an atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and other dry particles obscure the clarity of the sky ... Sources for haze particles include farming (ploughing in dry weather), traffic, industry, forest fires and peat field fire ... Since 1991 haze has been a particularly acute problem in Southeast Asia. In response the ASEAN countries agreed on a Regional Haze Action Plan (1997) and later signed the Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (2002). Under the agreement the ASEAN secretariat hosts a co-ordination and support unit." [wiki]
"SINGAPORE: This year’s haze has been the worst since 1997 when Singapore first started to feel the effects of haze, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) ... Since the end of September, when Singapore first started to feel the effects of burning fires and drifting smoke from Sumatra and Borneo, there have been three days when the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) has hit 'unhealthy' levels above 100." [CNA]
Also read 2006 Southeast Asian haze [wiki]
HazeGear was/is my personal response to the effects of haze in Singapore - of what the future may hold, as folk and kin walk the streets and live their lives with the need for breathing-aids, in some form or another.
WHAT IS HAZEGEAR?
HAZEGEAR was created out of 1:6th-scaled action figures, and taken by myself between 10th October 2006 and 22nd October 2006 [flickr-album] ... I sincerely hope I would not need to be taking another series anytime soon...
ALL CONTENTS HEREIN & HAZEGEAR © 2006 ANDY HENG. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
(Disclaimer: the term "Don't Haze Me Bro" is adapted from "Don't Tase Me, Bro" - and serves as the title of this blog, but not the concept nor origins of it's contents.)