Singapore youths in Durban learn vital policy lessons [News]
By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 9 Dec 2011.
Durban (South Africa): During their one week at the United Nations climate change talks, a group of Singaporean youth learnt some vital lessons – that the best-laid environmental plans can go awry, for instance.
At a reception yesterday on the sidelines of the talks in Durban, South Africa, they shared these with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean and Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, who are in town for the high-level segment of negotiations.
Ms Tong Sian Choo, 24, a final-year Nanyang Technological University (NTU) student, spoke about finding out that some incentives to encourage biofuel production can lead to forest and peat-land clearing, which releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
She said: ‘The devil is in the details!’
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Source: The Straits Times