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Singapore, 17 September 2019 – The Government’s Haze Task Force (HTF), comprising 28 government agencies and led by the National Environment Agency (NEA), stands ready to minimise and manage the impact of haze on the public. HTF member agencies have put in place robust action plans, allowing tiered responses depending on the intensity of the haze, …

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Once again fires are raging in Indonesia, engulfing the country and its neighbours in a thick haze that threatens the climate and the health, education and economy of people in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Scientists and policymakers – aware of the extreme dry season of El Nino – have been predicting fire for months. Why …

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Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all plants are equally effective, however, when it comes to filtering harmful air-borne toxins and pollutants. NASA conducted a Clean Air Study to identify the best air-filtering indoor plants, all of which …

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A haze has periodically wafted over Asia for 20 years. But despite rising public health concern, the pollution remains as opaque as the smoke itself, Mike Ives reports.  At the age of 13, Tan Yi Han could not see the edge of his schoolyard. It was 1998 in Singapore, the wealthy city-state known for its …

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To intensify efforts in raising awareness regarding the importance of sustainable consumption, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a regional forum in Manila, Philippines last August 29-30. ASEAN government bodies, business entities, as well as regional and international experts attended the event: The Regional Forum on the Promotion of Sustainable Consumption in ASEAN. Among …

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Singapore is among the cleanest countries in the world. This is possible because the country has maintained high standards when it comes to cleanliness. Laws ensuring the cleanliness of the Singaporean streets are heavily imposed. This standard of cleanliness is deeply embedded in Singapore’s DNA. It has been around 50 years now since the Keep …

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Engineering has always been about building for what lies ahead, creating lasting legacies in the form of extraordinary buildings or resilient infrastructure that can stand for centuries. WSP’s sustainability director David Symons looks at some of the ways the profession is designing now to be future ready. Now more than ever we need to adopt …

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Land reclamation is nothing new. In some parts of the world, it has been practiced since the 19thcentury.  However, recently, land reclamation has reached epidemic proportions particularly in Asia and the Middle East. In Asia, countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, China and Malaysia frequently appear in the mainstream news for controversies involving land reclamation. …

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A tragedy continues to unfold across the Amazon. Tens of thousands of fires are raging across the region, destroying large swathes of forest in Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. Unlike boreal forests, the Amazon is not adapted to fire, which means that burnt forests may take centuries to recoup the lost indigenous trees, wildlife and carbon-storing …

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Our cities are hotbeds of inspiration, connection and breathtakingly brilliant ideas. They have given us so much – but they also account for 80% of global carbon emissions, and are growing fast. Millions of people leave the countryside every year, packing their bags and heading off in search of work, education and opportunities. Everyone has …

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