Welcome to SEARCA Knowledge Center on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management in Southeast Asia (KC3)

Singapore

Published on 26 October 2015
A team comprising 40 Singapore Armed Forces’ and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers returned home on Saturday after more than 10 days battling forest fires in Palembang, Indonesia. In response to media queries, MFA said the Government intends to enhance bilateral, regional and international cooperation to tackle the fires, and will continue to take legal action against errant companies responsible for the haze…
Published on 19 October 2015
"In economic terms, we are very challenged when it comes to alternative forms of energy - hydro-electric - it's not really feasible for us," Mr. Shanmugam said, speaking at a Nee Soon GRC grassroots event on Sunday (Oct 18). "So we are really dependent on carbon. But we have to make sure we use it efficiently, and we have to try and make sure…
Published on 3 August 2015
But it's a very different story today. The world's most densely populated country now collects rainwater from two-thirds of its land, recycles wastewater and is even developing technology that mimics human kidneys to desalinate seawater. "In about a lifetime, we have transformed Singapore," said George Madhavan, an engineer who has worked for the national PUB water agency for 30 years and is now communications…
Published on 23 July 2015
Natural gas now makes up 95.5 per cent of Singapore's fuel mix, up from 74.4 per cent in 2005, according to the latest statistics from the Energy Market Authority (EMA). Petroleum products' share this year has been whittled to 0.7 per cent, down from 23.1 per cent in 2005. This will put Singapore in a better position to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, experts say…
Published on 23 July 2015
Organized by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) from July 22 to July 24, WES emphasize the role of engineers from across the world in shaping innovative and technological solutions on sustainable urban development for global climate resilience. “With so many challenges in front of us, the message is clear: We need more engineers and we require them to be innovative and competent,” said…
Published on 21 July 2015
In particular, our "water story" has won numerous accolades internationally. It is remarkable how we have managed to attain self-sufficiency in water with the addition of two new sources of water: Newater and desalinated water. Such innovations have put us in the international spotlight for water management issues. We won the coveted Stockholm Industry Water Award in 2007 for being the first country to…
Published on 16 July 2015
In a written answer to a Parliamentary question from MP Christopher de Souza, Dr. Balakrishnan cited results from Phase 1 of the Second National Climate Change Study, which concluded in early 2015. The study found that without mitigation actions, mean temperatures in Singapore could increase to 32°C, he said. “The actual extent to which these temperature increases are realized in Singapore will depend on…
Published on 16 July 2015
The Stephen Riady Geosciences Scholars Fund will be used to aid in the education of students pursuing PhD geoscience degrees at NTU. NTU’s Earth Observatory of Singapore was founded in 2009 as a national Research Centre of Excellence to conduct fundamental research on earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and climate change across Southeast Asia. The income from the endowed fund will support research proposals by EOS…
Published on 10 July 2015
He said: “I started as an engineer in the Building Technology Department, and conducted research and development on vertical greenery systems. I worked with the project director on the construction of Treelodge at Punggol, HDB’s first Eco-Precinct. During the course of HDB’s research and development projects, engineers are able to apply what they have learnt in school, such as project management and communication skills.”…
Published on 6 July 2015
Singapore submitted their target plans to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on Thursday, July 2, in preparation for the upcoming global talks to be held in Paris on December 2015. The said meeting aims to reach out to countries and establish commitments that can help to alleviate global warming and prevent its dangerous consequences in the future. The targets that…
Published on 26 June 2015
Engineers design, operate and maintain the infrastructure, housing and transport networks that we all depend on daily. As cities continue to develop, new engineering solutions are needed to address constraints posed by the physical environment and the changing climate. As a small city-state that has built itself to a world-class standing in less than 40 years and gained significant know-how in sustainable urban engineering…
Published on 23 June 2015
"Taxi drivers can now quickly recharge for the next part of their shifts during a break," say the creators TUM create -- a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Germany's Technische Universitat München -- on their website. According to TUM Create, taxis make up less than 3% of the vehicle population in Singapore, yet account for 15% of the total distance covered by…
Published on 9 June 2015
The scheme, which was launched at the Engineers and Sustainable Development Forum 2015 at the NTUC Centre Auditorium, has three tiers: one for engineers who have just joined the workforce; an Advance Engineering Leadership programme for professional and chartered engineers; and the Global Engineering Leadership programme which grooms senior engineers to take leadership positions within the industry. IES president Chong Kee Sen said that…
Published on 13 May 2015
Biomass waste is created when palm fruits are processed for their oil and the leftover fibers, known as empty bunches, are discarded. Other biomasses are created in the plantations when old palm trees are felled for replanting and when palm leaves are pruned, usually during harvesting of the palm fruits. Malaysia's palm industry has some 83 million tons of biomass waste available. The palm…
Published on 5 May 2015
“This partnership will lead to highly innovative energy efficiency solutions that will help overcome specific environmental challenges faced in tropical megacities like Singapore,” Lam said in the release, noting that NTU has historically “played an important role in (Singapore’s) clean energy landscape.” Some of these specific challenges include dealing with high levels of heat and humidity in Singapore and other cities near the equator…
Published on 29 April 2015
One key area where we need examples of green, sustainable living is in cities. We are living in an age when the world is adding 1.4 million people a week to urban areas, where half its population already lives. This rapid global urbanization, especially in developing nations, threatens to poison the air people breathe and the water they drink. Singapore has something to teach us…
Published on 22 April 2015
The models projected findings based on two scenarios: one assumes action is taken to control emissions and the other is based on a business-as-usual scenario where fossil fuels continue to be used with no mitigation efforts. The study projected that between 2070 and 2099, average daily temperatures across Singapore will increase by 1.4 to 2.7°C under the lower emissions scenario to between 28.8 and…
Published on 7 April 2015
The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in its latest fortnightly weather forecast that Singapore is expected to have short-duration thundery showers in the afternoons on six to eight days over the next fortnight - with heavy showers at times. The next two weeks are also expected to have some warm days with temperatures reaching 34o C, and slightly hazy conditions. The island recorded 45mm…
Published on 19 March 2015
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam announced this at the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction yesterday as he offered Singapore's humanitarian assistance to Vanuatu, the South Pacific nation devastated by the "monster" Cyclone Pam last Friday. On the training programme to be held in Singapore, Mr Shanmugam said it was targeted at helping developing countries, particularly Small Island…
Published on 16 March 2015
Although not as bad as last year's dry spell, it is still the second year in a row the Republic is experiencing such weather conditions, on top of other symptoms of climate change, such as heavier rain and flash flooding. But there is hope for this concrete jungle. An internationally renowned urban planner has suggested that in built-up Singapore, its buildings could do more to…
Page 3 of 4