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Indonesia’s net-zero climate goal lags behind

Greenpeace activists wear penguin costumes and take action and hold signs reading 'Iklim berubah, ekosistem laut terancam' (Climate is changing, the ocean ecosystem is threatened) during a protest in Jakarta on Feb. 9, 2020. The protesters urge the government to participate in the International Ocean Treaty to impose protection against marine animals and ecosystem amid the climate crisis.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)
Warief Djajanto Basorie
Jakarta   ●   Wed, April 14 2021

On Earth Day, April 22, United States President Joe Biden will host 40 world leaders at the Climate Leaders’ Summit he initiated. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is one of three ASEAN chiefs Biden invited. The others are Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Vietnamese President Nguyen Phu Trong. 

In line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, one key call is how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels to prevent extreme weather events and other worst-case climate impacts, such as melting glaciers and landslides. According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), as of December 2020 the global average temperature rise was 1.2 degrees.

Carbon emissions cause global warming. To prevent a temperature rise between 1.5 and 2 degrees, efforts to reduce carbon emissions to net-zero are imperati...

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