Singapore is making changes to adapt to Climate Change

August 26, 2019 1:26 PM |

Climate Change Singapore

A report from the National Bureau of Economic Research has found that the current pace as well as flow of carbon emissions will cause the U.S. economy to shrivel by over 10% by the year 2100. There is one nation in the Asia Pacific, who is finding ways against Climate Change.

Singapore's Prime Minister calls climate change "one of the gravest challenges facing mankind" — and made it the topic of his yearly National Day address on Sunday. Lee Hsien Loong stated, "our weather has become hotter. Rains have become heavier and this will only get worse in the coming decades.

Lee said the national government's way to deal with climate change incorporates education, mitigation as well as adaptation. The nation is a part of the Paris Climate Accord and has introduced carbon tax during the early part of 2019.

In 2013, it set up the Center for Climate Research Singapore — concentrating on local impacts of climate developments. Not long from now, it will begin a national program, which will study impacts of rising sea levels on Singapore.

This isn't the first time that Singapore has acclimated to its environment, the city was facing trouble with flooding on a regular basis during the rainy season in the 1960's and 70's, prompting the government to invest in proper drainage systems. Due to this, buildings were required to be built on platforms, which are at least three metres above the sea level, which is at least ten feet.

Now, the PM says that some infrastructure will be built 16.5 feet above the sea level.

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