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Jakarta Post

Insight: Indonesia can and should boost its climate ambitions

  • Daniel Murdiyarso

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  12:35 am

Katowice, formerly a mining town in southern Poland, is taking center stage in the world. Once home to heavy, polluting industries, the vibrant town of about 300,000 people is hosting the 24th Climate Change Conference ( COP24 ) until next week.

Alongside the usual climate conference agenda items and formal negotiations, the discussions in the hallways of Katowice’s International Congress Center are also to be enlivened by the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report. Known as SR1.5, the report made headlines last month with troubling insights into the accelerating pace of climate change.

Countries have been warned that an average global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels poses greater risks than previously believed. These risks can be substantially reduced by limiting warming to 1.5 degrees — b...