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Ban trash fires, Jakarta, and help the air

  • Scott Hanna

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Jakarta   /   Sat, October 19, 2019   /  02:33 pm
Ban trash fires, Jakarta, and help the air Children play on a pile of garbage consisting mainly of tree trunks, logs and bamboo in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/P.J. Leo)

Jakarta’s legendary macet (gridlock) has been surpassed by air quality as the perennial “go-to” topic of conversation in the city. Every day for the past several months, the Air Quality Index in Jakarta has hovered between 150 and 190, well within the unhealthy range and among the worst readings in the world. The dull brown soup we are breathing is damaging our health, our children’s health and our mood. Why has this happened? Commuters can alter their travel schedules and now make use of the MRT to mitigate the inconvenience of stifling traffic, but their breathing schedules afford less flexibility. The air quality problem is serious and omnipresent and does not discriminate; rich or poor, we all need air. It is particularly threatening to babies and young children whose lungs can be permanently damaged by being exposed to high pollution levels. ...

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