Stakes ‘never been higher’ in climate fight: IPCC head

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Stakes 'never been higher' in climate fight: IPCC head

FILE PHOTO: Greenland’s ice sheets are melting due to global warming. (Photo: AFP/Steen Ulrik Johannessen) PARIS: The stakes in the fight against global warming are higher than ever, the UN’s climate science chief said on Monday (Feb 14) as nearly 200 nations met to finalise what is sure to be a harrowing report on climate […]


Plastic, chemical pollution beyond planet’s safe limit: Study

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Plastic, chemical pollution beyond planet's safe limit: Study

Less than 10 percent of the world’s plastic is recycled (Photo: AFP/File/Luis ACOSTA) STOCKHOLM: The torrent of man-made chemical and plastic waste worldwide has massively exceeded limits safe for humanity or the planet, and production caps are urgently needed, scientists have concluded for the first time. There are an estimated 350,000 different manufactured chemicals on […]


Major institutions provided more than US$1.5 trillion to coal sector in 2019 to 2021, says NGO group

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Major institutions provided more than US$1.5 trillion to coal sector in 2019 to 2021, says NGO group

FILE PHOTO: Coal waits to be loaded on train cars to depart the Hobet mine in Boone County, West Virginia, U.S. May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo SHANGHAI: Financial institutions channelled more than US$1.5 trillion into the coal industry in loans and underwriting from January 2019 to November 2021, even though many have made net-zero […]


CAAS to work with Airbus, Changi Airport to study use of hydrogen as alternative fuel in aviation

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CAAS to work with Airbus, Changi Airport to study use of hydrogen as alternative fuel in aviation

People walk along the link bridge to a terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore on Nov 18, 2021. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman) SINGAPORE: The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will work with Changi Airport Group (CAG), aircraft manufacturer Airbus and industrial gas firm Linde to study the development of hydrogen supply and infrastructure for aviation. […]


Plastic bag charge at supermarkets meant to ‘discourage excessive use’: Grace Fu

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Plastic bag charge at supermarkets meant to 'discourage excessive use': Grace Fu

Groceries from an NTUC FairPrice outlet. (File photo: Gaya Chandramohan) SINGAPORE: The intent of a disposable carrier bag charge at supermarkets is to “discourage excessive use”, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu on Tuesday (Feb 15).  This is because such use is “unsustainable”, as it “uses up resources and adds to carbon emissions […]


Commentary: Why it pays for Singapore to be much more ambitious in raising carbon tax

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Commentary: Why it pays for Singapore to be much more ambitious in raising carbon tax

(Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman) SINGAPORE: Taxes will be high on the agenda this Budget 2022, as authorities and observers note the need to raise government revenue for greater social spending. Beyond changes in the Goods and Services Tax and wealth tax, Singapore’s revised carbon tax rate for 2024 will be unveiled. It will likely be higher than […]


Australia’s largest coal-fired power plant to close

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Australia's largest coal-fired power plant to close

Steam billows from a coal-fired power plant on Thursday, Jan 13, 2022. (Photo: AP/Natalie Behring) SYDNEY: Australia’s largest coal-fired power plant will shut in 2025 – several years sooner than planned – operators announced on Thursday (Feb 17), saying the facility is no longer viable given the low cost of renewables. Origin Energy told investors that the […]


Budget 2022: Singapore to progressively raise carbon tax to reach net-zero target ‘by or around mid-century’

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Budget 2022: Singapore to progressively raise carbon tax to reach net-zero target 'by or around mid-century'

03:40 Min Singapore’s carbon tax will be progressively increased to reach S$50 to S$80 per tonne of emissions by 2030, in order to meet the country’s new target of reaching net-zero “by or around mid-century”, announced Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on Friday (Feb 18) in his Budget speech. Melissa Goh with more.  SINGAPORE: Singapore’s carbon […]


Budget 2022: More electric vehicle charging points closer to homes as part of Singapore Green Plan

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Budget 2022: More electric vehicle charging points closer to homes as part of Singapore Green Plan

A BlueSG electric vehicle parked at a charging station in a multi-storey car park. (File photo: iStock) SINGAPORE: From building more electric vehicle charging points to issuing more green bonds to fund public sector green infrastructure projects, Singapore is taking steps to “move decisively” towards a net-zero world.  Delivering his Budget speech on Friday (Feb […]


Growing vegetables in a mall, this Malaysian start-up wants to shake up the traditional food supply chain

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Growing vegetables in a mall, this Malaysian start-up wants to shake up the traditional food supply chain

The founders and staff of Farmy urban vertical farm, located in a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. (Photo: CNA/Rashvinjeet S Bedi) KUALA LUMPUR: When Shoma Tsubota tells his customers that the vegetables he sells are grown in a shopping mall, they are usually surprised.   “They say that it is the first time they have […]