Environment

At least 22 dead in Indonesia floods and landslides

At least 22 dead in Indonesia floods and landslides

At least 22 people have died and many are missing after heavy rain unleashed flash floods and landslides in western Indonesia, an official said Saturday. Heavy downpours since...

Following the earthquake-tsunami, a volcano has erupted on Indonesia’s Sulawesi, sending 4km of ash into sky

Following the earthquake-tsunami, a volcano has erupted on Indonesia’s Sulawesi, sending 4km of ash into sky

Following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi on Friday, a volcano on the island's northern region erupted Monday morning.

EXPLAINER: Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay, say scientists

EXPLAINER: Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay, say scientists

The tsunami that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu was outsized compared to the earthquake that spawned it, but other factors -- including a long, narrow bay -- conspired to...

Rare Sumatran tiger killed by pig trap in Indonesia, officials say she was pregnant

Rare Sumatran tiger killed by pig trap in Indonesia, officials say she was pregnant

A critically endangered Sumatran tiger has died after being caught in a hunter's trap on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an official said Wednesday.

Indonesia signs moratorium to halt new palm oil plantation developments

Indonesia signs moratorium to halt new palm oil plantation developments

Indonesia’s president has signed a moratorium on all new palm oil plantation development, an official said Thursday, in a move hailed by environmentalists. The moratorium...

W. Java governor promises comprehensive plan, specialized machinery to clean ‘world’s most polluted river’

W. Java governor promises comprehensive plan, specialized machinery to clean ‘world’s most polluted river’

President Joko Widodo promised to not only clean up the Citarum River but make its waters drinkable by 2025.

Official warns nearly half of Jakarta’s villages could face severe flooding this rainy season due to lack of preparation

Official warns nearly half of Jakarta’s villages could face severe flooding this rainy season due to lack of preparation

The primary problem is that the current administration has delayed all of the river normalization projects that were at the center of former Jakarta Governor Ahok's flood...

Environmental ministry wins IDR979 billion in lawsuits against forest and land burners

Environmental ministry wins IDR979 billion in lawsuits against forest and land burners

Maybe hitting them in their wallets will work.

Dayak groups demand apology from disaster agency spokesman for saying their traditional practices cause forest fires

Dayak groups demand apology from disaster agency spokesman for saying their traditional practices cause forest fires

Representatives of the indigenous Dayak community feels their traditional land clearing practices are unfairly being scapegoated by the government as a cause of the recurring haze...


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Coconuts Jakarta Environment

It’s certainly nothing to be proud of, but name any kind of pollution - air, water, land - and Jakarta has it in abundance. A population of over 10 million in a city is obviously going to leave a sizeable footprint, but it has long been argued that Jakartans - both the people and the government - can still do much more to keep the city clean. But the fact of the matter is exhaust fumes from millions of motorized vehicles pollute the city’s air daily, its waterways are often used as trash dumps, and litter is a problem in most areas of the capital. At the very least, efforts are being made by the current city administration to clean up the city, as evidenced by the fact that the city’s rivers and canals are now at their cleanest state in years, if not decades. It also seems like more and more Jakartans are becoming more conscientious regarding the state of the city’s environment, as evidenced by the rise of clean up activities throughout Jakarta.