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Resources sector corruption exacerbates climate crisis

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Deforestation.(Shutterstock/Rich Carey)

Long-standing corruption in the natural resources sector could make the climate crisis worse and hurt the country's efforts to mitigate it and adapt to the ensuing changes, an anticorruption activist has warned. Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Egi Primayogha said that widespread corruption in the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources could lead to greater use of dirty energy through burning coal, as well as greater environmental damage, such as deforestation. "This will hamper our transition to renewable energy sources," Egi said at a discussion on Tuesday. Indonesia has been working to reduce deforestation in its remaining tracts of tropical rainforest. Tropical rainforests are natural "lungs" that adsorb and store carbon and other greenhouse gases that are responsible for the planet's increasing temperature. The country is...