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As Jakarta Sinks, Government Pins Hopes on Bird-Shaped Sea Wall

Jakarta is one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world, and as 40 percent of the Indonesian capital dips below sea-level, the government has pinned its hopes on an enormous, bird-shaped sea wall to drain the harbor and protect the bay from rising tides. It's not just rising sea levels that are to blame for Jakarta becoming the world’s fastest-sinking major city, but subsidence, the gradual sinking of land due to groundwater extraction. Wells are bad, in general, for Jakarta,...

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