Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Singapore to enhance resilience against climate change (Singapore): The Ministry for the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) is taking steps to enhance Singapore's resilience against the potential impact of climate change. It'll raise the minimum levels for land reclamation by at least one metre to create an adequate buffer against a potential rise in sea level.

This is one of several priorities spelt out in its addendum to the President's Address released on Wednesday. MEWR will also develop capabilities in climate science to improve its understanding of future localised climatic conditions.

It'll form networks with relevant experts and institutions at the forefront of climate research. Setting the tone in its submission to Parliament, MEWR also pledged to raise standards of public cleanliness and hygiene.

The public can expect improved standards of cleaning services. MEWR is considering extending the smoking ban to reduce the impact of second-hand smoke on non-smokers. It'll also review noise standards and guidelines to protect public health and minimise nuisance.

To address the problem of vector breeding, the National Environment Agency will complement ongoing efforts with increased community education and outreach....

The Singapore River, shot by Formulax, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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