Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam at a tree-planting even in Nee Soon. (Photo: Kenneth Lim)

SINGAPORE: Protecting the environment and being "green conscious" is important for a small place like Singapore, especially in the face of high costs of alternative forms of energy, said Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam.

Read more: 'Green consciousness' is important for Singapore: K Shanmugam


SINGAPORE, August 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fifty years ago Singapore had to ration water, and its smelly rivers were devoid of fish and choked with waste from shipbuilding, pig farms and toilets that emptied directly into streams.

Read more: From open sewage to high-tech hydrohub, Singapore leads water revolution


Mr. Nur Azha Putra of NUS says the increasing use of natural gas bodes well for Singapore.

Singapore is weaning itself off petroleum products.

In the past decade, the Republic has adopted cleaner energy sources to fuel electricity demand, moving away from petroleum products such as diesel and fuel oil to the more environmentally-friendly fossil fuel alternative: natural gas.

Read more: Singapore opts for cleaner energy sources


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