Big impact on Singapore with extra 0.5 deg C rise

Repercussions on food security, rising sea levels among challenges Republic will face

Singapore's Second National Climate Change Study had projected mean sea level in the Republic could rise by as much as 1m by 2100.
Singapore's Second National Climate Change Study had projected mean sea level in the Republic could rise by as much as 1m by 2100.PHOTO: ST FILE
Singapore's Second National Climate Change Study had projected mean sea level in the Republic could rise by as much as 1m by 2100.
Singapore's Second National Climate Change Study had projected mean sea level in the Republic could rise by as much as 1m by 2100.PHOTO: ST FILE

It may not make a difference to many when the thermostat at home is turned up by 0.5 deg C, but this increase would have a significant impact on the climate for a country like Singapore.

The latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in Incheon, South Korea, yesterday showed that warming of 2 deg C instead of 1.5 deg C could see sea levels rise by some 10cm more.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2018, with the headline 'Big impact on S'pore with extra 0.5 deg C rise'. Subscribe