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Environment

New report suggests that Singaporeans agree climate change is a major concern but do not feel they can make a difference

A new report on the Singapore public’s opinion on climate change shows that the vast majority of Singaporeans understand that manmade climate change is an urgent and serious matter, and they feel a strong responsibility to act. The public research report, commissioned by NGO Climate Conversations and carried out by Singapore-based consumer research firm Milieu Insight, surveyed over 3000 Singaporeans …

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NEA to consider implementing ‘pay-as-you-throw’ system to reduce domestic waste; netizens appalled by ‘rubbish’ proposal

HDB residents may expect having to “pay” as they “throw” in the future, following the National Environment Agency (NEA)’s plans to introduce the tracking of domestic waste for each household via radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in bin chutes in HDB estates. The Straits Times quoted NEA official Cheang Kok Chung as saying that the NEA is currently “working on …

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Singapore not ready to embrace nuclear energy — lessons from Chernobyl and Fukushima

At the launch of Liquidator: The Chernobyl Story on 28 February 2019 (Thursday) at Bookhaven, National University of Singapore (NUS), author Dr. Sergei Belyakov provided food for thought on the future of nuclear energy in his lecture “Chernobyl and Fukushima: Lessons to Remember”.  In comparing and contrasting the Chernobyl and Fukushima incidents, Dr Belyakov highlighted the features that led to the accidents being …

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Sam the Samoyed is desperately in need of a new home

Facebook user Shana Yap is looking for a forever home for her late grandfather’s dog, Sam. Sam the 11-year old Samoyed is maybe getting old, but he remains healthy, friendly, and sweet. Shana’s grandfather passed away two months ago and the family is trying to find a new home for Sam where he can be well cared for in his …

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AVPN and Prudence Foundation launch competition to foster greater disaster awareness and preparedness

Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential in Asia, and AVPN, a Singapore-based funders’ network that is committed to building a high-impact social investment community across Asia Pacific, announced the launch of the Disaster Tech Innovation Programme on Wednesday (20 February). Asia Pacific is the region that is most prone to and affected by natural disasters worldwide – a …

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Final-year NTU students launch Drink Wise, Drink Tap campaign to reduce widespread usage of plastic water bottles

In a bid to encourage Singaporeans to reduce plastic waste resulting from single-use plastic bottles, four final-year students at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have decided to launch the “Drink Wise, Drink Tap” campaign. Singapore is one of only several Asian countries with safe-to-drink tap water, with a comprehensive regime to ensure quality from source to tap comprising more than …

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NSS asks HDB to release full report on environmental study at Tengah

With disputes over another environmental study, this time about Tengah where forests are being cleared for public housing, environmentalists are calling for the Housing Development Board (HDB) to release the full report to the public. However, it seems HDB has no intention of doing so. Responding to queries from The Strait Times (ST), a spokesperson for HDB said that the …

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