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Published on 26 November 2014
The Government will commit S$1.5 billion to support the roll out of the programmes under the blueprint. This was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the launch of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2015 on Saturday (Nov 8). The blueprint, first released in 2009, maps out strategies for Singapore's sustainable development. As part of the review, close to 6,000 people were involved in consultations…
Published on 5 November 2014
This announcement followed President Tony Tan Keng Yam's visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Friday morning. At the gardens, Dr Tan viewed landscape and plant paintings of Singapore by the prolific English botanical artist Marianne North during her travels around the world. Kew and the Singapore Botanic Garden began collaborating from as early as 1875. In 1877, a batch of Para Rubber seedlings…
Published on 9 October 2014
Rolled out in 2012, the Doha Amendment extends to 2020 the Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that establishes binding obligations on countries and regions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The ratification is a "further sign of Singapore's continued commitment to the multilateral system," Balakrishnan was quoted as saying in an address to the United Nations Climate Summit. The minister said that Singapore has shown its…
Published on 19 September 2014
During the opening of the event, Singaporean Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan said that $52 million will go to a Green Buildings Innovation Cluster which is hoped to push breakthroughs in new green technologies with experimental buildings. As part of their third Green Building Master Plan, also announced yesterday, the minister said that $50 million will go to phase 2 of their Green…
Published on 26 August 2014
Among the dismal results: Of the 160 companies who communicated on sustainability, only 19 of them published CSR reports that used a globally recognized standard such as the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). And of these, only eight companies sought external assurance on their reports. In comparison, in 2013 China (including Hong Kong) produced 199 GRI reports, in Korea 109 and Japan 138. This has left…
Published on 23 July 2014
The efforts will be coordinated by the Resilience Working Group (RWG), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) told FutureGov. The RWG is an inter-agency led by the MERW and the Ministry of National Development. It is responsible for assessing Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. Speaking at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Regional Outreach Event this week, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for…
Published on 15 July 2014
Officials from the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources and the Ministry of National Development shared on Monday that all ministries and statutory boards will participate in this study, which will examine how rising sea levels, higher temperatures and more intense rainfall and flooding could affect the city state’s physical infrastructure. The initial findings are expected to be released by 2016, and will feed…
Published on 15 July 2014
The Resilience Framework, announced in 2012, provides a holistic guide to inter-government agencies on how to assess Singapore’s physical vulnerabilities to climate change. By 2016, these agencies are expected to release long-term plans to safeguard Singapore against projected climate change effects. It was revealed on Monday that the framework incorporates risk assessment and adaptation planning. For example, under the framework, roads are assessed for vulnerabilities…
Published on 2 July 2014
Weather considered extreme today could well become the norm, with temperatures rising by as much as three to four degrees Celsius and heavy storms becoming more frequent and intense. Singapore already has one of the hottest tropical rainforest climates on earth. “Equatorial Singapore will not just be warmer than it is now, but warmer than anywhere on earth with year-round rainfall,” ecologist Richard Corlett warns…
Published on 16 May 2014
Through both projects, PUB will conduct a test-bedding study on the cost-effectiveness, potential benefits and scale limitations of investing in solar power infrastructure. PUB said the 1 Megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar panel at Choa Chu Kang Waterworks will harness solar energy for the plant’s water treatment operations, while Tengeh Reservoir will house floating solar systems which double up as an energy catchment to channel…
Published on 8 May 2014
NTU said it hopes this move will transform it into one of the most environmentally-friendly campuses in the world. The EcoCampus initiative was launched by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, S Iswaran, on Wednesday. Typically, the temperature in a room in one of NTU’s buildings would be turned up when it is empty, to save electricity. But the seven chillers which remove heat from…
Published on 2 April 2014
It's part of a massive report on how global warming is affecting humans and the planet and how the future will be worse unless something is done about it. The report is being finalized at a meeting this weekend by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They assembled the list to "make it understandable and to illustrate the issues that have the greatest potential to…
Published on 2 April 2014
The survey, which was conducted by the National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS), found that about 70 per cent of respondents were concerned about climate change, down from 74 per cent in 2011 when a similar study was conducted. Also, fewer feel that individuals are responsible for taking action to tackle the issue. Only about 39 per cent — down from 56 per cent in a…
Published on 17 March 2014
The group of 11 experts yesterday discussed key features of the Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill — such as the proposed penalties and whether the Government had sufficient capacity to monitor the activities of companies abroad. Their discussion came as air quality crept up to moderate levels last evening due to hotspots north of Singapore and north-easterly winds. A summary of the discussion, led by the…
Published on 17 March 2014
The total rainfall across 64 rainfall stations ranged from 45 per cent to 100 per cent below the long-term average of 161.0mm for February -- about half of the stations, mostly in the southern and eastern areas, recorded monthly rainfall totals below 10.0mm. Besides being the driest month ever, February was also the most windy month in the last 30 years. An average daily wind…
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