Kerry to Jakarta Students: Climate Change Could ‘Put Half of Jakarta Underwater’

Michael W. Chapman | February 17, 2014 | 12:55pm EST
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Image: CNN)

( – During his speech on global warming in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that by century’s end the sea level could rise by one meter, a little over three feet, and “put half of Jakarta underwater.”

Jakarta is the capital and largest city in Indonesia, on the island of Java, on the northwest coast. About 9.5 million people live there and the city is 258 square miles around.

In a speech before largely college students in Jakarta, Kerry talked about greenhouse gases warming the Earth and said, “And because the earth is getting hotter at such an alarming speed, glaciers in places like the Arctic are melting into the sea faster than we expected. And the sea is rising – slowly, but rising – and will rise to dangerous levels”

“Scientists now predict that by the end of the century, the sea could rise by a full meter,” said Kerry.  “Now, I know that to some people a meter may not sound like a lot, but I’ll tell you this: it’s enough to put half of Jakarta underwater.”

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