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Jakarta Post

Jakarta should learn from other cities

  • Ivan A. Hadar

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 15 2010   /  07:42 am

Although it snaps, the news was true. The World Environment Research Agency (UNEP, 2009) ranked Jakarta third as the city with the worst air quality in the world after Mexico City and Bangkok. Living in crowded and dense Jakarta is far from a wealthy standard. Almost all the vital sources of life such as water and air is no longer feasible to consume. The results of the UNEP study show that 90 percent of wells operating in this metropolitan contain bacteria from human feces. This proves that septic tank technology that recycles human waste pollutes the ground water, which is then consumed again. Concerning air pollution, humans do not have a choice to breathe. Unlike water, humans cannot choose decent air. The main reason is exhaust from gas emissions from motor vehicles. The government of Jakarta has begun to implement a rule that at least 20 percent of public ...