Cutting fossil fuel use to stem climate change

A deal to steer the world away from catastrophic climate change was struck last December, and the goal is to limit global warming to under 2 deg C. Nations have until April next year to sign it, and Singapore will do so in New York next month.

But even as the world moves to cut the use of fossil fuels and curb greenhouse gas emissions, the escalating effects of climate change are being felt around the world.

The Straits Times launched a four-part series in its Science pages on March 4 to highlight aspects of climate change, ranging from its effects on habitats to measures that cities take to mitigate the effects of prolonged rain or dry spells, and technology.

Today, in the third part of this weekly series, we look at the quest for renewable energy as the world strives to move away from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, which are driving climate change.

Audrey Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2016, with the headline 'Cutting fossil fuel use to stem climate change'. Print Edition | Subscribe