Global Warming

Jakarta is Sinking into the Sea

The president of Indonesia wants to move the country’s capital, Jakarta, to another location off the main island of Java, in part because the city of more than 10 million is sinking into the sea, according to news reports.

The decision is in part due to research finding that parts of Jakarta will be completely submerged in just decades. The surrounding Java Sea is also rising as a result of climate change, though that’s not happening quite as quickly as the land is subsiding. Overcrowding and related traffic congestion — which has meant government ministers needing police escorts to get to meetings on time — also played roles in the decision to relocate the capital.

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