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In striving for sustainability, important for Singapore not to ‘lock into’ technologies prematurely: Grace Fu

It is important for Singapore not to “lock into” technologies prematurely even as it strives for sustainability, said MSE Minister Grace Fu on Mon. Speaking at a panel discussion called Building “Net-Zero” Cities at a virtual event organised…

No harmful algae blooms detected in coastal waters despite heavy rain; marine organisms coping

No harmful algae blooms have been detected recently in Singapore’s coastal waters despite the high rainfall this month. SFA said it monitors indicators of water quality at coastal fish farming areas in the northern and southern waters here,…

Making pledges was the easy part but it’s a long road to net-zero emissions

In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has dominated media headlines and policy agendas, more countries have recently announced their intentions to raise their initial pledges made at the Paris Agreement. Making a pledge is easy, but it…

2020 Singapore’s eighth warmest year on record amid drier conditions: Met Service

The annual mean temperature in Singapore in 2020 was 28°C, which is 0.5°C above the long-term average, making it the eighth warmest year here on record, MSS said. On Tues detailing highlights of Singapore’s climate in 2020, the…

Clearing forests for flats should be the last resort

I share the sentiments of many nature groups that are calling for the authorities to reconsider zoning Dover Forest (and Clementi Forest too) for residential use (Nature groups raise issues over Dover Forest’s zoning, Jan 17). Take, for…

Mangroves in Singapore buzzing with insect life and are home to 1,102 species, study shows

Mangroves here may boast fewer plant species than other types of forests, but they still buzz with life, new research has indicated. More than 3,000 species of insects have been found in mangrove patches here, with most likely…

Wildlife that call Singapore’s Southern Islands home

Singapore is a maritime nation, and the islands that ring the southern coast are rich in stories of its seafaring past. The Southern Islands also have a wealth of flora and fauna, although creatures that dwell in the…

Sentosa Cove’s pink waters likely due to algae bloom triggered by recent heavy rainfall: NEA

Heavy and constant rainfall over the past few weeks may have changed water conditions at a canal in Sentosa Cove, likely leading to an algae bloom that turned the waters there pink, the authorities said on Sun. NEA…

Consumers should pay if they take 3 or more plastic bags at supermarkets: Citizen workgroup

Consumers should have to pay a fee for each plastic bag if they take three or more of them at supermarkets, a citizen workgroup has suggested. Smaller bags given by pharmacies, for instance, should be charged per bag…

More work is needed to tackle food waste in supermarkets

The idea of taking food for granted hit home recently for me (How to make a nation of food lovers value food, Jan 5). I was at a FairPrice outlet buying curry buns when I saw an employee…

NEA committed to tackling food wastage problem at source

We refer to Vanessa Liu’s commentary on food waste (How to make a nation of food lovers value food, Jan 5). We agree with Ms Liu that businesses might not be managing their food waste because they may…

Time is ripe for innovation as Covid-19 turns spotlight on sustainability: Business leaders

The Covid-19 pandemic saw an extraordinary shift in our lifestyles and travel patterns, as people opted to have food delivered – using huge amounts of plastic in the process – and moved towards using private transport over public.…

Let people get recycling info easily from messaging apps

With the effects of climate change becoming more prominent in our daily lives, it is worrying that the domestic recycling rate dropped from 22 per cent in 2018 to 17 per cent in 2019. Despite these statistics, I…

Sentosa Cove’s pink waters could be caused by algae bloom due to recent heavy rain, experts say

The unusual sight of a canal turning pink at Sentosa Cove in recent days, after scores of dead fishes appeared there, was likely caused by algae bloom, marine experts said on Thurs. This is a natural phenomenon where…

Companies with green practices get GreenDNA certification

Companies that adopted green practices to fight the climate crisis were awarded the GreenDNA Certificate, a new accreditation by SEC. The 12 recipients implemented environmentally friendly practices in their businesses, such as opting for recyclable products. Collectively, they…

Sentosa Cove waters turn pink, smell rotten; one resident calls it an ‘environmental disaster’

In what one resident called an “environmental disaster” at his doorstep, waters at a canal in Sentosa Cove turned pink as it continued to emit a foul sewage-like smell from Tues. This was a week after scores of…

A gem hidden in plain sight: TODAY journalist checks out the wonders of Clementi Forest

The forest across my alma mater NP has held some intrigue for me since I was a student there, close to two decades ago. I did not know it was called Clementi Forest until recently. This year though,…

Singapore Exchange names ING’s Herry Cho as first sustainability chief

SGX has appointed its first head of sustainability. Taking on the role of MD, head of sustainability and sustainable finance is Herry Cho, the long-time head of green finance at Dutch MNC bank ING. She will report to…

Experts see role for Singapore in spurring sustainability in region

As Singapore recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has the rare opportunity to accelerate its sustainability efforts not only at home but also in the region, said experts during a forum on sustainability and the…

In the Covid era, circularity can be a new frontier as well as a desert: TRIA chief Ng Pei Kang

Sustainability is in a difficult space where you have to make sure (your product or service) is scalable. Sustainability and scalability have an inverse relationship. There has been a lot of sustainability, corporate social responsibility movements, but they…

Five facts about unsustainable waste management in Singapore

1) Most of Singapore’s trash is incinerated – It provide no incentives to reduce waste volumes or encourage responsible recycling. Singapore has extremely low recycling rates, and creates massive waste volumes for such a small city-state; 2) Recycling…

How has container reuse scheme Muuse survived Covid?

It certainly wasn’t ideal! We launched in Singapore in Jan 2020, and the first Covid-19 infections in Singapore were recorded at the end of Jan. Restrictions came in Mar. We had just started to gain momentum, but that…

Sea change in commitment to sustainability among funds

In the space of two to three years, a sea change in commitment to sustainability and stewardship has engulfed the asset mgmt industry – and that is a good thing. As recently as 2018, a column by this…

Increase in mask litter at Singapore’s parks and beaches

Conservation experts are becoming increasingly concerned with surgical mask litter all over the island. Cleanup groups here have been picking up an average of four to five surgical masks during each clearing foray at local parks, beaches and…

As Clementi Forest grows in popularity, conservationists caution of impact on environment

With its tall trees, lush foliage, freshwater streams and the shrieks of raptors circling overhead, there is a primal feel to Clementi Forest that appeals to 28-year-old arts manager Joey Cheng. “It doesn’t help that it looks like…

How to make a nation of food lovers value food

There is a saying in Chinese, “wu yi xi wei gui”. It means that which is scarce is precious. In tiny Singapore, despite having no natural resources, few things are actually scarce. And the one thing we rarely…

‘High-fliers’ cross Himalayas before Singapore stopover

Those familiar with migratory birds in Singapore would probably have heard of the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. Nestled in the country’s north-west, the mudflats of the reserve serve as a buffet spread for flocks of migratory birds, especially…

Clementi Forest to remain zoned for housing, but no ‘immediate need’ to develop site: Desmond Lee

The Clementi Forest, which became a recent talking point after a drone footage of it went viral, will remain classified for residential use, MND Minister Desmond Lee said. Images of the green space caught the attention of online…

A decade of climate change has had devastating impact. But there’s hope yet

2020 may go down in history as the year of the coronavirus, but it’s also seen some of the most tragic natural disasters. In Jan, Jakarta was in a state of panic, as some of the heaviest rains…

Cold Storage takes environmentally friendly approach to online shopping

With the surge in online orders, I am extremely worried about the environmental impact of the huge amount of discarded plastic bags, bubble wraps and cardboard used to package items for deliveries. I, too, have made many online…

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