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Climate change threatens Indonesians' way of life, says Kerry

Published on Feb 16, 2014 9:20 PM
 
United States Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, that climate change could threaten their "entire way of life" as he called for all nations to do more to stop global warming. -- PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - United States Secretary of State John Kerry warned Indonesians on Sunday that climate change could threaten their "entire way of life" as he called for all nations to do more to stop global warming.

Speaking to students, Kerry derided sceptics of the view that human activity causes global warming as "shoddy scientists"and "extreme ideologues" and he said big companies and special interests should not be allowed to "hijack" the climate debate.

Aides said the US secretary of state had chosen Indonesia for the first of what is to be a series of speeches on the topic this year partly because as an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands it is particularly at risk from rising sea levels.

"Because of climate change, it's no secret that today Indonesia is...one of the most vulnerable countries on Earth," Kerry said in speech at a high-tech US-funded cultural centre at a Jakarta mall.

 
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