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Environmental activists have demanded the government revise a draft document on the country's emissions targets before submitting it for a UN climate conference in Paris.

Read more: Indonesia's emissions targets lack transparency


Cracked earth and dried rivers have become a common sight in Indonesia in recent months, following a prolonged period of low rainfall. Water shortages have even forced many farmers to leave their fields and cattle are going underfed.

The situation has been exacerbated by low water levels in many dams. The drought has hit farmers hard, but there is plenty we can do. We have to adapt. The first thing we need to do is understand the causes we are dealing with. Drought is just the result.

Read more: How can agriculture adapt to continued drought?


“It looks like the plane on which all of us are flying is going down dramatically and quickly, and we are fighting between the business class and economic class and we didn’t save the plane,” remarked Felipe Calderon, chair of Global Commission on the Economy and Climate at an international conference in Jakarta several months ago, referring to the debate over who should pay and act to tackle climate change.

Indeed, the politics of climate change remains contentious and filled with uncertainty, despite the conclusive scientific findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirming that human activity has been responsible for and continues to intensify global warming.

Read more: Positioning Indonesia’s climate commitment on the global stage


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