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When climate change hits home in Singapore

Singapore is already experiencing some of the effects of climate change, including more intense rainfall and prolonged dry spells.
Singapore is already experiencing some of the effects of climate change, including more intense rainfall and prolonged dry spells.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made it clear at Sunday's National Day Rally that Singapore is deadly serious about tackling climate change, and that billions of dollars need to go into fortifying the country's defences against rising seas.

Ideas being looked at range from reclaiming offshore islands to building polders.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2019, with the headline 'When climate change hits home in Singapore'. Print Edition | Subscribe