Singapore Plans Tree-Planting Bonanza to Battle Climate Change
Added 10-22-19 02:04:03am EST - “(Bloomberg) -- Land-scarce, low-lying and increasingly hot Singapore is going to have to find room for more than a quarter of a million new trees and shrubs as the city-state steps up measures to respond to climate change."Citizens…” - Finance.yahoo.com
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(Bloomberg) -- Land-scarce, low-lying and increasingly hot Singapore is going to have to find room for more than a quarter of a million new trees and shrubs as the city-state steps up measures to respond to climate change.
“Citizens around the world have come to recognize climate change for what it is -- the defining issue of our times,” Masagos Zulkifli, minister for the environment and water resources, told a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. A strong, united global response is needed, he said.
Singapore is devoting considerably more state resources to deal with the challenge, making the case that shifts in the climate pose a threat to the nation’s very existence. In August, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said it could cost S$100 billion or more over the next century to prepare the country to deal with rising sea levels, hotter temperatures and more intense rainfall.
“Our weather is getting warmer, our rainstorms heavier, and dry spells more pronounced,” Masagos said at the meeting on Monday. The government’s plans to respond “will incorporate nature-based solutions,” he said, adding that at present, the country has more than 2 million trees.
Singapore, which has introduced a tax on carbon, aims to stabilize its emissions by around 2030, Masagos said. “We must not take our eyes off the long-term, existential challenge of climate change,” he said. “Otherwise, citizens will take their cause to the streets and reason will fail to rule.”
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