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2000 Islands in Danger

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News Update Service

Tuesday, January 30, 2007 : 0230 Hrs


Official: Indonesia could lose 2,000 islands to global warming by 2030


Jakarta, Jan 30. (AP): Rising sea levels could inundate about 2,000

Indonesian islands by 2030, and rice shortages are expected next year

due to wild weather blamed on climate change, the Environment

Minister said on Monday.


The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the Government's bleakest yet

of global warming's potential effects on the mostly poor Southeast

Asian nation of about 18,000 islands, most of them unpopulated.


``It is very, very serious, Witoelar said at a news conference

attended by Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. climate

treaty secretariat.


Witoelar said respected scientific studies showed about 2,000 islands

would be swallowed by rising waters by 2030. He did not say whether

the threatened islands were inhabited or not.


Delayed rains this year, followed by a hot spell, also hurt farmers.


``It is feared there will be a lack of rice production next year

because of the changes in the weather and because the farmers are not

used to this, Witoelar said.


De Boer was in Jakarta to discuss a major U.N. climate change meeting

later this year on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Environment

Ministers from 80 countries will meet there to begin talks on what

actions the world must take after the first commitment period of the

Kyoto protocol expires in 2012.



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