The world is living amid a climate crisis whose impact could be more severe than the Covid-19 pandemic, says President Halimah Yacob.

Among Asean nations, a combination of long coastlines and heavily populated low-lying areas makes the region vulnerable to rising sea levels caused by global warming, she adds. A one-metre rise in sea level, for example, will affect at least 89 million people in the region, as they live in areas with frequent coastal flooding.

In her keynote address at Ecosperity Week 2021, Madam Halimah stressed that Singapore is not immune to the effects of climate change either. 

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