Increasingly warm Singapore will have to find room for more than 250,000 new trees and shrubs as the city-state steps up measures to respond to climate change.
“Citizens around the world have recognized climate change as what it really is – the defining issue of our time,” Masagos Sulkifli, minister of environment and water resources, told a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The Singaporean government is devoting more resources to changing the challenge, stressing that climate change poses a threat to the very existence of the state.
In August, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it could cost $100 billion or more over the next century to prepare the country to cope with rising sea levels, higher temperatures and heavy rainfall.
“The weather is warmer, the rainfall is stronger and the drought periods are more intense,” Masagos said at Monday’s meeting. The government’s plans “will incorporate nature-based solutions,” he said, adding that the country currently has more than 2 million trees.
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Singapore, which has introduced a carbon tax, aims to stabilise its emissions around 2030, Masagos said. “We must not take our gaze away from the long-term, existential challenge of climate change,” he said. “Otherwise, citizens will take to the streets and reason will not be able to dominate.”
source : Bloomberg