Indonesia disappearing act
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia has lost 24 of its more than 17,500 islands due to natural disasters and environmental damage, a minister said Thursday according to the Antara news agency.Yes blame everything on global warming and climate change. Do experts realize how dumb they sound when they do this? Global warming can't do everything.
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Freddy Numberi said four islands disappeared when the massive tsunami devastated Aceh on December 26, 2004, the state-run agency reported.
Twenty other islands in Sumatra's Riau province and in the Seribu island group in Jakarta Bay had also vanished due to exploitation and environmental damage, Numberi said.
Consequently, Indonesia's total tally of islands has fallen from 17,504 to 17,480 and the new figure reported to the United Nations, he said.
"Scientists have even predicted that Indonesia could lose at least 2,000 islands by 2030 if the government fails to anticipate it and take preventive measures," the minister was quoted as saying.
The new figures come as Indonesia is set to host a major UN climate change conference on the resort island of Bali next week.
Indonesia is hit on a regular basis by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other disasters. With so much seismic activity in the region, I'd be looking there for the probable cause.
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