Top 3 News of the Week: Artificial Rain to Clean Jakarta Air Pollution, WFH is Not a Solution, and Weather Modification

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Tempo English compiled three popular or top 3 news on the platform this week, starting from Monday, August 14, 2023 until Sunday, August 20, 2023. Those include BRIN researcher talks of artificial rain for cleaning air pollution in Jakarta, an observer believes that WFH is not the solution for Jakarta’s air pollution, and Indonesian President Jokowi orders WFH and weather modification for tackling air pollution in the capital city.

The following is the list of the top three news on Tempo English this week:

1. BRIN Researcher Talks of Artificial Rain to Clean Jakarta Air Pollution

Rain is assumed to have the ability to wash away air pollution. Nani Cholianawati, a researcher at the Climate and Atmospheric Research Center of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) in Bandung, talked about the possibility of artificial rain using weather modification technology (TMC) to dissolve pollutants in Jakarta and its surroundings.

Nani clarified that according to several studies, light rain does not dissolve pollutants. “Based on the literature, it shall be heavy rain,” she said on Monday, August 14, 2023.

As previously reported, President Joko Jokowi Widodo instructed ministers and regional heads to take measures against air pollution in Jakarta and its vicinity during a limited meeting at the Merdeka Palace on Monday, August 14. Among them, he called for weather modification to induce rain in the area.

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2. WFH Not the Solution for Jakarta Air Pollution, Says Observer

A public policy observer from Trisakti University, Trubus Rahadiansyah, assessed that the work from home (WFH) policy is not the right solution to dealing with Jakarta’s air pollution.

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As reported earlier, the Jakarta provincial government would implement a hybrid work system for state civil servants (ASN) starting in September to improve the air quality. This system allows city employees to work flexibly in the office or from home.

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3. Jokowi Orders WFH, Weather Modification to Tackle Jakarta Air Pollution

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo convened a number of cabinet ministers and regional heads at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta today, August 14, to discuss Jakarta’s increasingly worrisome air pollution.

In his opening remarks, the President pointed out that the capital’s air quality index had reached 156 which is considered unhealthy. He said this was caused by the prolonged dry season for the past three months, emissions from transportation, and industrial activities in Greater Jakarta or Jabodetabek, especially those using coal in the manufacturing industry sector.

“In the short term, measures must be taken as soon as possible to improve the air quality in Jabodetabek,” he stressed.

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