Behind the Potential of Eternal Ice on the Peak of Mount Jayawijaya Papua Predicted to Melt in 2025

Potential for temperature increases across the main islands in Indonesia could reach 4 degrees Celsius by 2100 due to climate change.

A Head of BMKG Dwikorita Karnawati reminded to immediately take comprehensive and measurable mitigation steps to curb climate change.

“This increase is four times compared to pre-industrial times,” said Dwikorita in a statement received, Wednesday (13/4/2022).

As a result of this temperature increase, added Dwikorita, the peak of Jaya Wijaya in Papua which in 2020 has a thickness of 31.49 meters of ice, in 2025 it is estimated that the ice will disappear completely.

“Mitigation must be carried out immediately, it cannot be delayed because the current situation is very worrying. For example, the Seroja Cyclone that occurred in NTT last year, the cyclone should not have occurred in that area, but due to climate change, the cyclone appeared,” she said.

Dwikorita also explained that the increase in temperature would trigger extreme weather and climate anomalies that are becoming more and more frequent. The intensity is getting stronger with a long duration.

This condition, continued Dwikorita, will certainly result in harm for Indonesia. It is not only material such as infrastructure, but also casualties.

“So don’t be surprised if during the dry season it also rains and floods, or the dry season will feel hotter and drier. Even during the rainy season, it is much heavier, triggering a hydrometeorological disaster,” he added.

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