Viral: This amazing shot of a seahorse tugging a cotton swab is the newest iconic image of Indonesia’s marine pollution crisis

While Indonesia possesses a vast wealth of marine biodiversity, water pollution continues unchecked in much of the country’s waters. This stunning photo by American photographer Justin Hofman sums up, in a single shot, the threat pollution poses to the archipelago nation’s marine life.

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Declared extinct decades ago, a Javan tiger may have just been photographed in Java’s Ujung Kulon National Park

Declared extinct decades ago, a Javan tiger may have just been photographed in Java’s Ujung Kulon National Park

While there have been numerous alleged sightings of the Javan tiger over the years, this is the closest thing to proof of their continued existence.

Ambassadors of Cuteness: Pandas are coming to Indonesia

Ambassadors of Cuteness: Pandas are coming to Indonesia

For years, only 15 countries all over the world has been allowed to raise these cuddly babies called Pandas. Now, Indonesia’s one of them. According to a report from...

Study shows 76.2% of Jakarta’s tap water contains potentially dangerous microplastic contamination

Study shows 76.2% of Jakarta’s tap water contains potentially dangerous microplastic contamination

Scary stuff, but actually the US has a much higher rate of contamination so, yay?

Environmental protester arrested for allegedly displaying communist symbols, fellow activists suggest he was set up

Environmental protester arrested for allegedly displaying communist symbols, fellow activists suggest he was set up

But that's crazy because there's no way the people behind the gold mine he was protesting would have a motive or the resources to set him up, right?

Earthquake strikes off Indonesia coast; no immediate reported casualties

Earthquake strikes off Indonesia coast; no immediate reported casualties

A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of western Indonesia early Friday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate...

WATCH: Men continue to unload truckload of trash into river despite being reprimanded by locals

WATCH: Men continue to unload truckload of trash into river despite being reprimanded by locals

Many Indonesian rivers are terribly polluted with trash, and there’s literally no one else to blame but the irresponsible humans who fill them with filth.

Record-breaking dance in Indonesia’s Aceh promotes unity

Record-breaking dance in Indonesia’s Aceh promotes unity

More than 10,000 people turned out in Indonesia’s Aceh on Sunday to stage a record-breaking song and dance performance stressing the need to conserve a threatened national...

Malaysia urges Indonesia to keep a lid on haze during this month’s SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia urges Indonesia to keep a lid on haze during this month’s SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur

"I hope Indonesia will be able to control this problem so it does not affect (the games)," Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said. "I believe they will be embarrassed if...

First real test for President Jokowi on haze as annual fires return to Indonesia

First real test for President Jokowi on haze as annual fires return to Indonesia

“The government is on the right track in terms of policies. But the devil is in the implementation. The biggest enemy is how to implement those policies.”


 

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.