Climate change

Cities adapt to warmer world

A farmer walking on parched land in Chachoengsao province, Thailand, on March 5.
A farmer walking on parched land in Chachoengsao province, Thailand, on March 5.PHOTO: EPA

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 last week 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 second part of this weekly series, we look at how built-up cities like Singapore can deal with the effects of climate change.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2016, with the headline 'Cities adapt to warmer world'. Print Edition | Subscribe