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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesia wants to build a huge dike to protect its sprawling capital from rising seas.

Jakarta Gov. Fauzi Bowo said Thursday that construction should be finished by 2025, though details of its exact size and cost will be hammered out during meetings next month.

Flooding in the city of 13 million kills dozens every year.

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Climate change has contributed to people’s susceptibility to skin cancer, respiratory problems and other diseases, an official says.

Health Ministry Director General of disease control and environmental sanitation Tjandra Yoga Aditama said Thursday the depleting ozone layer had increased the risk of skin cancer for people in Indonesia.

“Rising temperatures due to climate change also increased the concentration of ozone on the earth’s surface, which can cause respiratory diseases,” Tjandra said, as quoted by Antara news agency on Thursday.

The change in climate also aggravated biodiversity loss, including plants that are used as raw material for medicines.

He said changes in ecosystem functioning coupled with land degradation would help speed up the spread of diseases and deplete water resources.

Access to clean water and good sanitation would then be limited.

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JAKARTA -- Nobel laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore arrived in Jakarta on Sunday for a three-day visit and gave a 10-minute lecture before 300 training participants at the Jakarta Convention Center.

His schedule also includes meetings with several Indonesian ministers, and perhaps President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Gore would address practical solutions that could be implemented at the grassroots level to deal with the impacts of climate change.

Indonesian business people and members of the Regional Representative Council (DPD) are also slated to participate in discussions on the hazards of climate change.

Read more: Al Gore delivers lecture on climate change in Jakarta

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