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Singapore plans tree-planting bonanza to battle climate change

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Bloomberg10/23/2019 04:38 PM GMT+08  • 2 min read
Singapore plans tree-planting bonanza to battle climate change
(Oct 22): 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.
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(Oct 22): 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 recognise 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 $100 billion or more over the next century to prepare the country to deal with rising sea levels, hotter temperatures and more intense rainfall.

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