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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:00 PM

Indonesia's capital city Jakarta is sinking

At last it is official. Indonesia is to get a new capital. Indonesian President Joko Widodo made the announcement in a speech to Parliament on Friday, ending months of speculation.

The new capital will be relocated to Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, which Indonesia shares with Malaysia and Brunei. Jakarta is one of the world's fastest sinking cities, with some estimates suggesting one-third of the city's landmass could be submerged by 2050. Already regarded as one of the world's most polluted cities, Jakarta, a city of more than 10 million people, is also one of the most congested.

President Widodo did not give the exact location in Kalimantan for the new city. It is a region with a population of just over 16 million people and known for rainforests and orangutans.

As an archipelago stretching 5,000 kilometers from east to west, Indonesia is on the Pacific Ocean basin's so-called Ring of Fire, a 40,000-km horseshoe-shaped arc which is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Kalimantan sits outside the risk area.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201908/20/WS5d5b4e4ea310cf3e35566b6a.html

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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:04 PM

1. More habitat destruction, more AGW.

 

known for rainforests and orangutans.


More species dying.

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Fri Aug 23, 2019, 09:43 PM

2. And what are they doing about global warming?

I'd like to know. It's not just the responsibility of the western world. Everyone has to fight against this. I wonder if this is something that is even on their radar.

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