Rising Sea Threatens 1,500 Indonesian Islands

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1500 Indonesian islands are at risk of disappearing by the year 2050 due to rising sea levels.

1500 Indonesian islands are at risk of disappearing by the year 2050 due to rising sea levels.

Some key spots, like the capital, Jakarta, could face problems much sooner.

Soekarno-Hatta International, the airport that serves the city, is located only 3 miles from shore and may be under water as soon as 2030.

Approximately twenty years later the city’s northern areas would become riddled with lakes.

Those estimates come from a Climate Change Vulnerability Index published by Maplecroft, a British risk analysis firm.

The information in the report was echoed by a climate change specialist from the Asian Development Bank.

He said, "This archipelago's biggest threat is rising sea levels, where 42 million people living 3km from the coast are vulnerable if estimated sea level rise reaches up to 90cm by the end of the century."

He also made a point of mentioning that seawater acidity is increasing and resulting in a diminished fish supply, as they are moving further out to sea.

Indonesia has already lost 24 islands off of the coasts of Aceh, Papua, Riau, and North Sumatra.

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