The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

“The temperature in the Java Sea is relatively normal, and even low at present. This condition reduces the likelihood of rainfall in western Indonesia,” said Akhmad Faqih, the director for climate modeling at the Center for Climate Change Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Read more: Dry season expected to last until October: Scientist


High carbon emission rates have made Indonesia the third-worst contributor after the US and China, respectively. 

Indonesian National Council on Climate Change (DPNI) chairman Rachmat Witoelar disagrees, arguing that Indonesia’s position is highly dependent on emissions created by forest fires. 

Read more: RI must fight forest fires to meet emissions target


Indonesia’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by 26 percent found itself at the heart of global climate change progress. 

As a tropical country rich in natural resources — boasting the third-largest rainforest area — forest conservation is one of the top items on the climate change agenda. 

Deforestation is responsible for about 80 percent of Indonesia’s emissions, National Council for Climate Change (DNPI) chairman Rachmat Witoelar says. 

Read more: RI forests play role in global emissions


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