Indonesians reminisce the good times under Susi Pudjiastuti following Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo’s graft bust

Indonesians are celebrating one of the country’s most popular cabinet ministers in modern history following the arrest of her successor on suspicion of corruption.

Environment

Officials say loud booms reportedly heard in Jakarta caused by lightning, not volcanic activity

Officials say loud booms reportedly heard in Jakarta caused by lightning, not volcanic activity

Residents in the Greater Jakarta Area reported hearing strong “boom” sounds yesterday and earlier this morning, an occurrence of which have prompted responses from relevant...

‘Like a dead town’: Mt. Sinabung eruptions cover surrounding area with volcanic ash

‘Like a dead town’: Mt. Sinabung eruptions cover surrounding area with volcanic ash

Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra erupted yesterday morning, covering nearby settlements with volcanic ash.

Indonesia’s isolated Baduy community asks government to bar tourists from their territory

Indonesia’s isolated Baduy community asks government to bar tourists from their territory

The Baduy, a Sundanese ethnic group living in Banten’s Lebak regency, is calling on Indonesian officials, including President Joko Widodo, to remove their territory from...

Violations mar first day of Jakarta’s plastic bag ban: official 

Violations mar first day of Jakarta’s plastic bag ban: official 

Starting today, Jakarta has officially banned single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, malls, and traditional markets. However, as is the case with most major changes in life,...

Plastic bags to be officially banned in Jakarta starting July 1

Plastic bags to be officially banned in Jakarta starting July 1

It’s been a long time coming, but the Jakarta provincial government is set to officially ban single-use plastic bags at supermarkets, malls, and traditional markets this coming...

Indonesian snack littered on Japanese street unwraps discussion on faux pas

Indonesian snack littered on Japanese street unwraps discussion on faux pas

Indonesians seem to love calling out other Indonesians on committing faux pas abroad. Especially in Japan, where what is considered normal (but not necessarily right) in Indonesia...

Jakarta air quality during Lebaran best in 5 years: study

Jakarta air quality during Lebaran best in 5 years: study

We may have had to celebrate the Eid holiday away from our loved ones this year, but one silver lining that came from being stuck at home during Lebaran was that we were blessed...

Earthworms squiggling their way out of soil creep residents in Central Java

Earthworms squiggling their way out of soil creep residents in Central Java

Earthworms crawled out of the soil in slimy droves in several Central Java locations over the weekend, with one possible explanation being that they were driven out by...

Sumatran elephant found dead with its trunk cut off in Riau

Sumatran elephant found dead with its trunk cut off in Riau

A Sumatran elephant was found with its trunk cut off in Riau province earlier this week, with authorities suspecting that the gigantic mammal was killed for encroaching...


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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.