30 Dec '17, 9am

[Mothership] The city of Jakarta might sink into the sea if nothing is done in the next 10 years

[Mothership] The city of Jakarta might sink into the sea if nothing is done in the next 10 years

If nothing is done in the next 10 years, the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta might not be around anymore. According to hydrologists cited by a New York Times report , Northern Jakarta has a decade before it will end up underwater, reclaimed by the rising Java Sea. Advertisement Climate change About 40 percent of Jakarta now lies below sea level. The most obvious threat is rising sea levels caused by climate change. A 2015 scientific paper states that sea levels around Indonesia are rising at a rate of 2 mm per year, but with the effects of climate change, this will rise to a rate of 3 to 5 mm per year. This is enough to redraw the map of Indonesia’s coastline, sink some islands , and devastate associated industries, like fisheries. But North Jakarta in particular is at a higher risk of rising sea levels. Due to the unique problems plaguing the capital, some parts of Nor...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/12/jakarta-indonesia-city-sink...

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