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Jakarta's air pollution in new spotlight despite being present for decades

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  05:49 pm
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Environmentalists demand the Jakarta administration and central government do something about Jakarta's air pollution on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (JP/Gisela Swaragita)

Netizens in Greater Jakarta finally woke up and smelled the air pollution after social media influencers made noise about the problem this week, but some concerned people want the issue to go beyond just a trending topic.  One of such netizens was Twitter figure Aulia Masna, who shared the data on Jakarta’s air pollution levels, which was classified as unhealthy on June 25, with a provocative question: “Hi, Jakarta, aren’t you suffocating?” Hai, Jakarta, kalian ngga sesak nafas? pic.twitter.com/rSO3ltOKVA — 🦉ia Masna (@amasna) June 25, 2019 The screenshots, which show the air quality in several places in Jakarta, were posted on his Twitter account @amasna on Tuesday and garnered over 3,500 retweets by Thursday. It also turned out that on Tuesday morning, Jakarta ranked as the city with the worst air quality in the world, according to...