Riau has announced state of emergency since February 19, 2019 while all schools in Pekanbaru have been closed since September 11, 2019, due to worsening air pollution that have reached unhealthy levels. While the Riau Regional Disaster Management Agency noted, for the period from January 1 to October 6, 2019, the total area of land burned in Riau had reached 9,120.5 hectares.
(Indonesian) Masyarakat adat di Propinsi Maluku Utara beberapa kali melakukan aksi protes menolak pengoperasian perusahaan pertambangan yang dinilai merusak hutan dan sumber kehidupan mereka. Merasa tidak ditanggapi pemerintah, masyarakat adat mulai berbenah, membekali diri mereka dengan pengetahuan tentang perizinan, hukum, advokasi dan litigasi, untuk melindungi hutan mereka.
Jakarta’s public water utility, PAM Jaya claims piped water coverage has reached 62 percent. However, a water NGO says coverage of piped water is at 35 percent, most residents in northern Jakarta are still struggling to access clean water. Meanwhile, a recently passed Water Law is expected to improve distribution of and access to clean water.
The expansion of private oil palm plantation in Gane Dalam, Halmahera is inevitable. Some residents choose to stay on the remaining land they have. Some of them sold their land and become labourers on the plantation. While environmentalists ask the government to review permits and policies that are deemed as not in favour of the local community.
Aktivitas penambangan timah dan perubahan iklim dinilai berdampak cukup signifikan terhadap produksi lada di Bangka-Belitung, dengan berubahnya bentang alam dan fungsi lahan di propinsi ini. Namun untuk sebagian petani lada, tidak banyak pilihan melainkan terus berjuang menghidupkan kebun lada mereka.
Sixteen journalists in Jakarta and its greater areas learn new data skill, discuss big stories, and share challenges in a recent data journalism workshop organised by Earth Journalism Network and Resource Watch.
The young generation is taking the lead in pushing for climate action and justice, as low-lying countries in Asia and the Pacific and more communities are dealt with higher risk from climate impacts.
Youths in Jakarta and 14 other cities in Indonesia join the Global Climate Strike action to push the government to declare a climate emergency and take serious actions to tackle the climate crisis.
The Chinese government injects financial assistance into infrastructure development in over 60 countries, through the Belt and Road initiative that is expected to benefit 4,4 billion people across the globe and contribute USD21 trillion to the global GDP. Journalists from Asia, Africa and South America discuss the media coverage of the mega project in their respective countries.
A 2017 report by Environmental Science and Technology says coal-fired power plants are key source to adverse health impacts from air pollution while a 2018 AirVisual IQ report shows Jakarta has the worst air pollution of any city in Southeast Asia.