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What is the future of sustainable construction in Singapore?

Home, green home. In the eco-conscious community of today, sustainability has become the new buzzword and Singapore has also taken the message to heart. Even the construction sector is not left out. Measures have been taken to have eco-friendly buildings and sustainable construction practices. In BCA’s 2016 survey of 610 homeowners in Singapore, between 90…
30 Apr 2022 4 mins read

Receding beach front at East Coast: Is Singapore’s reclaimed land in trouble?

There is no more sandy beach. Instead, sandbags a storey high lined what was the beach between Bedok Jetty and East Coast Lagoon as joggers ran by the strip on April 2. Two more areas, seen on Google satellite map, also had sandbags lining the beaches and breakwater barriers built. Can it be that the…
11 Apr 2022 5 mins read

In Conversation With: A Sankar, Founder of Herpetological Society Singapore

From The Jungle Book’s Kaa to Harry Potter’s Nagini, snakes have not enjoyed the best image in human literature and media. But Sankar Ananthanarayanan is seeking to repeal their undeserved bad name in Singapore — which, in fact, is home to an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians.  “Herpetology is the study of reptiles and…
31 Mar 2022 4 mins read

What’s up with the OneMillionTrees Movement?

It was in 2020 that plans were put out to grow one million trees in Singapore by 2030.  The OneMillionTrees movement, announced then by Minister of National Development Desmond Lee, took its cue from similar initiatives in Europe, North America and Australia. It aims to restore nature to the island nation through the planting of…
21 Mar 2022 5 mins read

Latest IPCC report highlights social inequality in Asia

Climate change caused by humans is now dealing out damages to different parts of the world and half of humanity is at risk of increased harm to their lives and livelihoods, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) concludes earlier in the week.  The landmark United Nations (UN) report was released by…
4 Mar 2022 2 mins read

In Conversation With: Simarna Singh, UN Youth Ambassador and Founder of Coco Veda

Ms Simarna Singh was only 18 in 2017 when she became a United Nations (UN) Youth Ambassador. Despite being a Singaporean, she represented the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at global sustainability conferences such as the 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) and then moved on to work as a sustainability consultant, as well as keynote…
24 Feb 2022 6 mins read

The eco-tourist’s guide to travel in Singapore

Travel is finally regaining traction two years into the pandemic, with Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) withstanding in the face of the latest coronavirus outbreaks. Countries like Sweden have even declared the pandemic over, while others no longer mandate mask-wearing or Antigen Rapid Testing (ART).  While the Covid-19 pandemic brought travel almost to a standstill in…
17 Feb 2022 4 mins read

Yeo Pei Shan: Breaking the cycle of food waste from UglyFood to Ugly Duck

Co-founder of UglyFood Yeo Pei Shan has left the enterprise she helped create to develop Ugly Duck Cafe, which encourages the upcycling of blemished to produce nut milk pulps and cold-pressed juices.  As its business development manager, Ms Yeo brings with her the takeaways from her time with UglyFood. She now focuses on food research…
15 Feb 2022 2 mins read

Giving new lease of life to retired airplane parts – the upcycling initiative

Imagine the kimono cheongsam that you have on this Chinese New Year was once a life vest on board a Singapore Airlines plane. What about the furniture in the sitting room of your flat? They were perhaps once part of the airline’s business class seats, cabin windows and overhead compartments. Most people have probably heard…
8 Feb 2022 4 mins read

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