Climate change is an important issue affecting Singapore and the international community. Our world is warming at an unprecedented rate, caused by the excessive emission of greenhouse gases, in particular, carbon dioxide, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels.
Climate change poses an existential threat. The impact of rising sea levels, and weather extremes such as droughts and flash floods caused by intense rainfall, can have devastating consequences for lives and livelihoods.
Singapore is already feeling the impact. 2017 was our warmest year on record that was not influenced by an El Niño event. In recent years, Singapore has also experienced dry spells as well as heavy rainfall leading to flash floods.
Climate change is a global challenge that requires a global response. Singapore is committed to achieving its goals under the Paris Agreement and we will do our part as a responsible global citizen to reduce our carbon emissions.
Singapore also has long-term plans to adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change. We are strengthening our resilience and adaptive capacity, and integrating climate change measures into our policies, strategies and planning.
Businesses, communities and individuals also have an important role to play in reducing carbon footprint and build a sustainable future. Let us all work together to make 2018 the year of Climate Action!
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