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Next level of climate ambition

  • Robert Blake

    Washington, DC

Washington, DC   /   Thu, September 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Many people are unaware of the fact that surfing the web can contribute significantly to carbon emissions caused by the energy consumption of data centers. (Shutterstock/ JKstock)

Taking decisive action on climate change is one of the most important challenges of our time. Climate impacts are being felt all around the world: cataclysmic fires in California and much of the American West; floods all over the world; rising seas. And we are on track to experience much worse unless we take collective action to change how we power our homes and factories, build our cities, and feed and transport ourselves. Indonesia will be affected more than most. A recent McKinsey study highlighted that the chances of extreme precipitation in Indonesia could increase three- or four-fold by 2050. A report by the United States-based nonprofit research group Climate Central estimated that Indonesia will be heavily impacted by sea level rise, with an estimated 23 million Indonesians living in coastal cities at risk of losing their homes due to coastal flooding by 2050 from higher sea l...