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Globally, the energy sector is evolving, driven by technological advances and climate change. Distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar and energy storage systems today complement traditional power plants which generate electricity centrally. Electricity produced from these energy resources at end users’ premises can be coordinated intelligently like a “single utility-scale power station”. Such a …

ETH Zurich scientists have been researching the effect of precipitation and population size on rising temperatures in cities compared with the surrounding countryside. They have found that more green spaces can help to lower temperatures in urban zones – but not everywhere. Urban heat islands are a phenomenon where the temperature in a city is …

Looking for the best purifier to keep the air quality of your home in top shape? Here are some of our picks perfect for the task. Rabbit Air MinusA2 This air purifier is equipped with a Germ Defense filter which traps airborne bacteria, mold, spores, and other virus-carrying particles.  This is paired with a Toxin …

In Brazil, the world’s largest tropical rainforest is burning. Indonesia is home to the third-largest tropical forest and this too is burning in parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan. Recently, a member of the Environment and Forestry Ministry Fire Fighter Task Force, or Manggala Agni, was killed by a falling tree while trying to extinguish fires …

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), addressing carbon emissions from our food sector is absolutely essential to fight climate change. While land and agriculture took center stage in the panel’s most recent report, how the oceans at large could help in that fight was largely missing. For their study, researchers investigated the carbon offsetting …

Forest and land-use fires are ravaging Indonesia’s Sumatra and Kalimantan islands. Haze from these fires threatens lives as inhaling smoke can cause heart and respiratory diseases, leading to premature deaths. We study the intersection of land use, fires and air pollution. Based on our latest study, smoke exposure would lead to about 36,000 premature deaths …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …