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Coral reefs at Indonesia's protected Bunaken Island marine national park on May 14, 2009.PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (Bernama) - The El Nino weather phenomenon that occurred between 2015 and 2016 caused widespread coral bleaching in Indonesian waters, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

El Nino triggered a rise in the water temperature, and this condition caused coral bleaching, Dirhamsyah, head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences' (LIPI) Oceanography Research Centre, was quoted as saying on Wednesday (June 7).

He warned that coral bleaching may occur more frequently due to climate change and global warming.

Read more: Widespread bleaching among Indonesia's corals due to El Nino: Report

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The World Bank has included Indonesia on the list of six countries to be involved in the multibillion US-dollar climate change battle, expecting to reduce worldwide emissions regardless of United States President Donald Trump’s harsh rhetoric against the matter.

At a press conference before the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim stressed that climate change mitigation and adaptation projects would continue to be a priority.

He said Indonesia, China, India, the Philippines, Pakistan and Vietnam would work on the world carbon emission reduction programs through multiple efforts involving the private sector.

Read more: IMF picks Indonesia for climate change legion

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Protest banner outside the US Embassy says that Trumph is a climate disaster during protest held by Greenpeace Indonesia. Image: Yudha Baskoro/Jakarta Globe

Greenpeace Indonesia has staged a protest in front of the US embassy in Jakarta over the decision of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“President Trump looks likely to turn away from the impact of climate change with millions of people falling victim of natural disasters such as flooding, drought and extreme weather which have hit many countries including Indonesia,” climate and energy spokesman of Greenpeace Indonesia Didit Haryo said.

Read more: Greenpeace Indonesia protesters target US climate policy ‘disaster’

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