2000 Indonesian islands underwater by 2030

Officials in Indonesia expect to lose 2000 of their 18,000 islands to rising water levels by the year 2030.

The assessment by Rachmat Witoelar was the government’s bleakest yet of the effects of global warming on the Southeast Asian nation that is made up of some 18,000 islands, most of them unpopulated.

“It is very, very serious,” he said at a media conference attended by Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the U.N. climate treaty secretariat.

Witoelar said respected scientific studies showed around 2,000 islands would be swallowed by 2030. He did not say whether the threatened islands were inhabited or not.

After delivering this bombshell news to his nation,  Witoelar added this at the end of his report. Oh yea, by the way…

 The environment minister also said rice shortages are forecast for next year because of wild weather blamed on climate change.

“It is feared there will be a lack of rice production next year because of the changes in the weather and because the farmers are not used to this,” he said.

Looks like a rough ride ahead.  Maybe the climate change deniers could go preach to the 200+ million Indonesians in a few years.