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Jakarta Post

From artificial rain to mother-in-law's tongue, Jakarta scrambles to reduce air pollution

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  02:47 pm
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Jakarta on a misty morning, or under air pollution? December 2017.(Shutterstock/Creative Images)

The Jakarta administration is scrambling to reduce the city’s air pollution through the various means available because of the recent attention on the poor quality of air blanketing the capital, although experts criticize their effectiveness. The latest initiative launched was by the Jakarta Maritime, Fisheries and Food Security Agency, which proposed to plant Sansevieria trifasciata (mother-in-law's tongue) at Jakarta’s mayoral and agency offices.  The agency’s head, Darjamuni, said it planned to plant the shrubs in pots on rooftops in the city and give them away to the public for free. The agency had called for tenders for the plant procurement, he said, adding that the program was expected to start at the end of this month. “Our own office will do it first as an example and we wish other offices and mayor offices can also do the same,&rdq...