Image of the Day: Indonesia’s ‘River of Refuse’

The river that cuts through Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, looks more like a garbage dump than a waterway. Appropriately named the “River of Refuse,” it is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the world and is coated with floating garbage, through which a scavenger is sifting.

Trash contributes to climate change because decomposing garbage releases the greenhouse gas methane. The less trash people put in landfills, or rivers, the fewer climate inducing greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere. 

Credit: Sinar Sakti Images/Barcroft Media