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Jakarta, The Canary

Chip Franklin



Indonesia, (I’ll wait for my fellow Americans to find it on a map; take a flight north from Australia, then hang a left,)  is relocating its capital from Jakarta to a remote jungle area on Borneo. Why? Jakarta, the densely-populated capital, home to more than 10 million, is quickly sinking into the Java Sea.

Sinking, however, may be the wrong word as ocean levels are actually rising, due to the unabated increase in global carbon emissions worldwide. The melting polar caps and the subsequent flooding have many nations, including first-world contributors to the problem, beginning to take notice of the looming economic and environmental disaster.

Jakarta is one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world, and one of the first to begin relocating both businesses and population centers.  The move will cost an estimated 486 trillion rupiah ($34 billion) and take more than 10 years.

On a related note, Trump skipped the “climate change” meetings update at the recent G7 summit.

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. Chip is also an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting. Chip has made numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN.

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