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Tackling climate change requires both individuals and organisations, says Desmond Lee

Everyone has a role to play in tackling climate change, MND Minister Desmond Lee said on Fri. He said it was a complex challenge that required effort from both individuals and organisations. “We all have a part to…

PUB starts development of coastal-inland flood model which will help assess flood risks

PUB has started work on a new coastal-inland flood model, which will enable it to better assess the impact of climate change on Singapore’s coastal areas. The model, which is capable of simulating and evaluating both inland and…

NTU and South Korean researchers create eco-friendly pollen sponge to tackle oil spills

Scientists from NTU and South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University have created an environmentally friendly sponge from sunflower pollen to tackle water pollution such as marine oil spills. Professor Cho Nam-Joon from NTU School of Materials Science and Engg said…

Older motorcycles, including foreign bikes, must meet stricter emission standards from 2023: NEA

Older motorcycles will have to meet tighter in-use emission standards from Apr 6, 2023, as part of Singapore’s efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve air quality. Announcing this on Wed, NEA said the stricter standards will apply…

Large amount of waste generated during stay-home notice at hotel

I have just returned from India. I am currently housed in a hotel for the 14-day stay-home notice period, and am shocked at the colossal amount of waste being generated every day. The three daily meals are served…

Act to use less plastic

We can already see the devastating effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and more tropical storms, and it is time we took action. Yet, governments have taken little action and people are suffering the effects.…

Drawn off the beaten path in S’pore’s green spaces? Beware of pitfalls ahead

Venturing off the beaten path can be exciting, but recent cases of hikers in trouble show the pitfalls of unmarked trails. Last Nov, two teenage boys triggered a search after they got lost in CCNR while looking for…

More hikers in S’pore caught straying off designated trails last year

With global leisure travel largely out of the question for most Singaporeans last year, many took to the nature reserves here in search of a much-needed getaway. However, the number of cases involving people caught straying off designated…

Action taken against idling of car engines

We refer to Mr Robert James Field McPhail’s letter (Do more to curb idling of car engines, Mar 27). NEA regularly monitors hot spots where motorists frequently leave their vehicle engines idling for reasons other than traffic conditions.…

Three trees are cut down each year for every Singaporean: study

Growing appetites for soybeans, coffee and other commodities in wealthy nations is decimating forests around the world, and one of the culprits is Singapore, according to a new study. Singapore accounts for the loss over three trees per…

A million trees more for a City in Nature

With a choke-hold on travel during the pandemic, Singaporeans have been exploring our island’s green spaces more than ever – from visiting nature reserves and parks, to hiking and cycling around the island, or simply taking a walk…

Let all students take part in green plans

I am heartened that the Government is finding new ways to build a sustainable future through the Singapore Green Plan 2030. The Eco-Stewardship Programme in schools gives young people the opportunity to play their part in making the…

The role of urban forests in climate change

Trees can help to cool the surroundings for urban dwellers, but how effective are they at soaking up heat-trapping carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas driving global warming? As urban reforestation efforts take hold globally, a research group…

High ozone levels in northern Singapore on March 28 likely due to weather conditions

The high concentration of ozone in the northern parts of Singapore on Sun was likely the result of a combination of factors such as high ambient temperatures, light winds and elevated UV levels during the day, NEA said…

Change in scenery needed for better mental health: Experts

It’s not surprising more people are finding personal “green spaces” to cope with anxiety and stress from measures imposed to combat the Covid-19 outbreak, said mental health experts. Dr Annabelle Chow, principal clinical psychologist at Annabelle Psychology, said…

From London to Singapore and Sydney, cities around the world dim their lights to mark Earth Hour

Cities around the world were turning off their lights on Sat for Earth Hour, with this year’s event highlighting the link between the destruction of nature and increasing outbreaks of diseases such as Covid-19. Asia had kicked off…

Burden and blessing for Singapore to be city in nature: Desmond Lee

Like no other country, Singapore carries both the burden and the blessing of having greenery and nature reserves in the midst of one of the densest cities in the world. This is why the Republic must continue protecting…

Keen on green, but at what cost? Poll maps out S’porean attitudes to eco-friendliness

Stanley Lim is all for living the eco-friendly life mapped out under the Singapore Green Plan 2030 – as long as it costs him nothing and does not inconvenience him. The world is not going to end during…

Misconception that job seekers need specialised skills to join sustainability sector: Experts

From public affairs to market analysis to research work, jobs in the sustainability sector are wide-ranging and may not require specialised skill sets, say HR experts. “There is a general misconception that you need to be highly skilled…

Do more to curb idling of car engines

Singapore has legislation in place providing for a substantial fine for drivers leaving their vehicle engines idling (normally in excess of one minute), subject to a few exceptions, such as cold storage vehicles. A casual walk in the…

The plight of Dover Forest, and one secondary school teacher’s fight to save it

Though he’s wearing a threadbare military tee from his NS days, it’s hard to imagine Chua Chin Tat crawling through the mud with a semi-automatic weapon. He is calm and deliberate when he plods, heron-like, towards Dover Forest.…

Boy, 11, starts journey to net zero lifestyle

It is never too late – or early – to adopt a net zero lifestyle, which reduces or eliminates carbon emission that causes global warming. Joshua Goh, 11, was introduced to it last Dec through a chance meeting…

Singapore to invest S$25 million in marine climate change research

To address issues like rising sea levels and warmer sea surface temperatures, NParks will lead a new S$25 million research programme on marine climate change. It is among five initiatives announced on Fri to study urban sustainability. The…

Southeast Asia’s first lithium battery recycling plant opens in Singapore

A facility for recycling lithium-ion batteries has opened in SEA, the world’s dumping ground for discarded consumer electronics. Located in the industrial district of Jurong in Singapore, the S$30 million plant aims to recycle 14 tonnes, or the…

Initiative to build industry capability in sustainable management of packaging waste launched

The Packaging Partnership Programme (PPP) was launched by SMF and NEA on Wed. The programme aims to develop industry capability in the sustainable mgmt of packaging waste, said SMF and NEA. The PPP is a capability development programme…

Southwest monsoon last year was the third wettest for Singapore since 1981: Met Service

Last year’s southwest monsoon season between June and Sept was the third wettest for Singapore since 1981, with total rainfall across the island coming in at 30 per cent above the long-term average for the period, according to…

Singapore growing ‘green node’ for Asia’s sustainability efforts: DPM Heng

Singapore is growing a green node for sustainability efforts in Asia and can be a marketplace for carbon credits, says DPM Heng. Speaking at the 24th Credit Suisse Asian Investment Conference, he outlined Singapore’s status and potential as…

Residents living near former Kallang Gasworks grow weary over odours, noise from soil treatment works

Some residents living near the site of the former Kallang Gasworks, which is being remade into a residential precinct, are growing increasingly frustrated at what they described as a noxious smell and incessant noise from the construction site.…

Taking Singapore’s green ambitions to new heights with a circular economy

Multi-coloured rubbish bins in the neighbourhood over the years remain the symbol of our National efforts to promote recycling of waste. Even if it is overflowing at times with mixed rubbish, it does reflect the desire to recycle,…

Currents, sea beds and tide timings: Things to look out for when swimming at Singapore’s beaches

Although Singapore’s sheltered waters may appear safe, risks abound for swimmers who must pay keen attention to water safety practices, said experts. Discussions about the dangers of swimming in the sea surfaced after a coroner’s court heard on…

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