Robots and Dune-style suits: Outdoor work may have to change with rising temperatures, says NTU don

Heat stroke is a severe condition that can cause organ failure, which can lead to coma, which is potentially deadly. PHOTO: ST FILE
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SINGAPORE - Work hours could one day be restricted to before the sun rises and after it sets, and most manual work would be undertaken by robots and machines controlled by people donning Dune-style suits to beat the heat.

As the island gets warmer, the way people work and live outdoors in Singapore is likely to change drastically, said Dr Fabian Lim from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Find out more about climate change and how it could affect you on the ST microsite here.