The production of peatland is achieved over a long period of time; however, its consequences can be apparent in a matter of seconds - to devastating effect.
Peatland, classified as a terrestrial ecosystem, is able to store carbon when it is in good condition and is also able to absorb water and release vapour. Besides burning, damaged peatland also lacks a water reservoir which leads to unexpected fire during the dry season - this in return worsens the situation at hand.
On the 22nd of September 2019, worldwide news platforms reported that haze was the primary cause of the red sky phenomenon in Indonesia by using phrases such as This is EARTH, not the planet MARS, This is not a camera filter or photoshop. This great issue is a consequence of the man-made peatland burning especially in dry season (from April to October) and its large particles (from the fire) that float in the air.