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Feng Zengkun

Towards a sea change in approach to global warming

With experts warning of the far-reaching effects of global climate change, Singapore is looking for ways to protect itself

Published on Apr 9, 2014 7:25 AM
Animal carcasses in drought-hit Brazil. As the oceans' surface temperatures rise, the air above becomes warmer, leading to heat waves and increased wild fire risk, among other effects. Droughts are worsened. A landmark report by a UN panel on climate change warns that the worst is yet to come if nothing is done. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

Air temperatures hot enough to melt plastic bottles, storms not seen in 250 years, weather so cold that escaped convicts beg to be let back into prison.

All these have happened in the past year, and a landmark report released on March 31 by the United Nations says the worst is yet to come if nothing is done.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says climate change is real and already having sweeping effects everywhere - on land and in oceans.

Singapore has not been spared, though its woes pale in comparison to recent disasters like Typhoon Haiyan - said to be unparalleled in strength - that devastated the Philippines last November.

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