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Jakarta Post

City air: The invisible threat?

  • Nick Elliot

    Communications and sustainability consultant

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 30, 2018   /  02:48 pm
City air: The invisible threat? A hazy view of Jakarta. For Asia’s population, renewable energy will be essential to meeting growing demand while tackling climate change and air pollution. (Shutterstock/File)

The world’s cities occupy just 3 percent of the earth’s surface, yet they consume 60-80 percent of global energy. They also produce 75 percent of the world’s carbon emissions and consequently contribute significantly to global warming. But if an uncertain climatic future seems far away to you, consider the state of your nearest city, and in particular, the quality of the air in its streets. Poor air quality affects 80 percent of people in cities. One death in every nine is caused by air pollution, according to the World Health Organization. It’s an invisible threat that contributes to heart disease and the incidence of strokes, which by the way is the number one killer in Indonesia. Most of us have no idea of the extent of this hidden danger, let alone any notion of the measures being taken to manage the consequences. Every day our basic life needs inc...

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official stance of The Jakarta Post.