Environment

National Climate Change Secretariat seeks public feedback on Singapore’s long-term low carbon emissions strategy

The National Climate Change Secretariat (NCCS) has launched an online public consultation exercise from 16 July 2019 to 30 August 2019 to seek feedback from the public regarding its long-term low carbon emissions strategy for Singapore beyond 2030. The NCCS is looking for fresh perspectives on measures and actions that the Government, businesses, households and individuals can take into practice, …

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Malaysia’s MOE orders three-day closure of all 475 Pasir Gudang schools following latest pollution incident

Malaysia’s Ministry of Education (MOE) has instructed all 475 schools in Pasir Gudang to close for three days starting today (25 Jun) after residents reported experiencing vomiting and difficulty in breathing as a result of the latest pollution incident in the Johorean town. Johor’s education department director Azman Adnan said that the purpose behind ordering the three-day closure is to …

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PUB fines 38 companies including BreadTalk for illegal waste disposal into public sewers

38 companies including renowned bakery and food manufacturing firm BreadTalk were slapped with hefty fines for disposing regulated chemicals over allowable limits into public sewers over the period of Jun last year and May this year. Public Utilities Board (PUB) said yesterday (10 Jun) that BreadTalk was fined S$16,300 under the Sewerage and Drainage (Trade Effluent) Regulations (SD(TE)R) after it …

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UOB funds Malaysia company that is said to be destroying Mulu rainforest for palm oil plantations; indigenous communities plea to stop the move as it’s their land

In a move to cater the needs for Western consumers, Mulu Rainforest in Sarawak is being destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations, and this project is funded by Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB). This news came to light after a documentary titled “The Mulu Land Grab” by Bruno Manser Fonds, a Swiss NGO promoting forest conservation and the …

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Singaporean households find recycling regularly convenient but can’t differentiate between waste, ‘recyclable’ and ‘reusable’

In a joint statement by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Monday (29 April), two separate surveys conducted by the authorities reported that about 6 in 10 Singaporean households recycle regularly, mostly through the blue recycling bins located around the neighbourhoods. The surveys covered different aspects of household recycling between …

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Crawling to extinction: Singapore turtle haven fights for life

PICTURES AND VIDEO BY THEODORE LIM by Theodore Lim Hundreds of turtles and tortoises, including rare and endangered species, face an uncertain future after their Singapore sanctuary — a Guinness World Record holder — was forced to relocate due to government redevelopment plans. At its peak, around 1,000 of the creatures were housed at The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum, …

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