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Jakarta, Indonesia – Every year, food vendor Suwadi dreads the rainy season – and the ensuing floods.

“During the last big floods in 2015, I couldn’t work for more than a week,” said Suwadi, who pushes his food cart through the neighborhoods of North Jakarta. “My house was flooded knee-deep, and the road to the market was worse. We could not do anything.”

Read more: Keeping Indonesia’s Capital Safer from Floods


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As President Obama and Indonesian President Joko Widodo meet today, climate change will be high on their agenda. A related, unexpected issue should also be on their radar: massive forest and land fires that have turned into a national, regional, and now global crisis for the new Indonesian administration.

Read more: 3 ways Obama could help fight Indonesia’s massive fires


Fires burn across Indonesia. Photo: www.globalforestwatch.org.The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimated in 2011 that carbon dioxide emissions had to be limited to 1000 gigatons in order to have a two-thirds chance of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Read more: Indonesia's fires are a corporate crime


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