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Jakarta Post

Govt must deal with severe effects of global warming

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 7 2012   /  09:04 am

Officials and scientists have warned that if the government does nothing to fight global warming, some 2,000 of the country’s 13,400 islands will be underwater by 2030.

By 2050, parts of Jakarta, including Tanjung Priok, Ancol and Indah Kapuk Beach, will be submerged, according to Indroyono Soesilo, secretary general to the Coordinating People’s Welfare Minister.

Scientists have urged the government to take stronger measures
to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

So far, the government’s biggest effort against climate change is its REDD+ initiative, which gives the state a role in conservation and sustainable forest management.

“Forest and peat-related emissions in Indonesia make up 60 to 85 percent of our greenhouse gases,” said Agus Pratama Sari, who is part of the REDD+ Presidential Task Force.

The government has made a comm...