Breaking Earth News: Indonesia
Global Warming Alert
Jan 29, 2007
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia could lose 2,000 small islands by 2030 due to a rise in sea levels as a result of climate change, Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar has said.
According to the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the sea level could rise between eight and 29 centimetres (three and 12 inches) by 2030, inundating many of Indonesia's lower-lying islands, he said Monday.
"Everybody in this world is experiencing directly the effects of climate change, whether it is floods, droughts or, heaven forbid, sea-level rise, those are phenomena that are impeding development," he told reporters.
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