Jakarta official tells citizens to ‘enjoy’ floods as the human body is ‘two-thirds percent water’

We can’t think of anything worse than being told to enjoy a disaster, but one Jakarta official’s insensitive statement about this week’s floods in the capital proved to be asinine drivel given that he failed to grasp the concepts of fractions and percentages.

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South Tangerang, Bekasi top Indonesia’s most polluted cities ranking in 2019

South Tangerang, Bekasi top Indonesia’s most polluted cities ranking in 2019

Air pollution has been one of the main concerns in Jakarta in recent years, but the capital was not Indonesia’s most polluted city in 2019. That title, unfortunately, falls to...

‘Really touching my heart’: Mongabay journalist Philip Jacobson grateful for support after arrest for alleged visa violation

‘Really touching my heart’: Mongabay journalist Philip Jacobson grateful for support after arrest for alleged visa violation

American environmental journalist Philip Jacobson has expressed gratitude for all the support he has received following his arrest in Indonesia, as recorded in a video message...

Father of UK’s most prolific rapist wanted in connection with palm oil deforestation case in Indonesia

Father of UK’s most prolific rapist wanted in connection with palm oil deforestation case in Indonesia

Reynhard Sinaga, an Indonesian national who was sentenced to life in prison for 136 counts of rape in the UK, has dominated headlines in Indonesia and all around the world for the...

Tech agency claims to have reduced rainfall by 40% by cloud seeding to ward off floods in Jakarta

Tech agency claims to have reduced rainfall by 40% by cloud seeding to ward off floods in Jakarta

As Jakarta recovers from the New Year’s floods, authorities have been working to reduce the amount of rainfall in the capital and its surrounding areas to prevent further...

Governor Anies Baswedan signs regulation banning single-use plastic bags in malls and markets

Governor Anies Baswedan signs regulation banning single-use plastic bags in malls and markets

It’s been a long time coming, but Governor Anies Baswedan has officially passed a regulation banning single-use plastic bags in the modern retailers and traditional markets.

The blame game: President Jokowi says littering Jakartans to blame for floods, Governor Anies disagrees

The blame game: President Jokowi says littering Jakartans to blame for floods, Governor Anies disagrees

Now that much of the floods in the Greater Jakarta Area have subsided, the inevitable blame game for the deadly disaster has begun, in which it doesn’t appear that the...

Your mate for the climate: West Java governor proposes divorcing couples must plant 100 trees

Your mate for the climate: West Java governor proposes divorcing couples must plant 100 trees

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has a proposal that he believes should help tackle both the issues of climate change and people getting divorced in the province.

Decapitated Sumatran elephant found dead in Indonesia

Decapitated Sumatran elephant found dead in Indonesia

A Sumatran elephant was found decapitated with its tusks ripped off in an apparent poaching of the critically endangered subspecies, an Indonesian conservation official said.

‘We’ve been fine for years’: Official downplays effects of contaminated eggs from plastic waste-fueled tofu factory in E. Java

‘We’ve been fine for years’: Official downplays effects of contaminated eggs from plastic waste-fueled tofu factory in E. Java

Last week, several Indonesian and international environmental groups released a shocking report that found high levels of dioxin and other harmful chemicals in eggs laid by...


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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.

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