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Jakarta Post

Water at heart of climate action

  • Kim Jensen

Singapore   /   Mon, March 23 2020   /  01:49 am

We are feeling the devastating impact of climate change daily on a global scale and this threat continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. The United Kingdom experienced its wettest February on record last month, with several regions experiencing rainfall more than twice the average. At the same time, South Africa’s multiyear drought continues to worsen, already having affected food security for more than 15 million people, and scientists have reported that winter has been by far the hottest recorded in Europe — 3.4 degrees Celsius hotter than the average from 1981 to 2010. Closer to home, Indonesia has been grappling with both extremes of the water crisis. Jakarta has become the world’s fastest sinking city — as fast as 10 centimeters per year — as the sea levels rise and severe flooding continue to plague the city. On the other extreme, the dry spells in Indonesia are gettin...