Doing more about climate change [News]
By Grace Chua, The Straits Times, 27 Jul 12.
Should Singapore do more about climate change?
Climate change, which threatens to cause rising temperatures, intense storms and rising sea levels, is a global issue that Singapore can’t escape.
So should the island state do more about climate change? The answer: It depends.
Clearly, it is vulnerable to rising oceans and drastic changes in rainfall that result when excess carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases warm the atmosphere. But it is also a small country with a relatively small absolute carbon footprint – it produces just 0.2 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases that cause warming.
Given that China produces a whopping 29 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and the United States produces 16 per cent, Singapore’s tiny contribution might cause some to think that nothing the Republic does will make even a dent in the global picture of climate change.
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Source: The Straits Times