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19 Luglio 2019

Singapore

NEW RESEARCH OFFICE TO BOOST SINGAPORE CLIMATE SCIENCE CAPABILITIES: MASAGOS

SINGAPORE — The Government will set up a new office to strengthen Singapore’s capabilities in climate science, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Wednesday (July 17). The new Climate Science Research Programme Office, set up under the Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), will lead and drive efforts to formulate Singapore’s national climate science research masterplan, as well as to build up local capabilities in climate science. “The Programme Office will work closely with scientists and researchers in our research institutes and universities to harness their expertise for cutting-edge climate science research,” said Mr Masagos, who was speaking at a forum to promote environmental collaboration among partners from the community, public and private sector. The research will focus on key issues that will have a significant impact on Singapore, including the rise of sea levels, the impact of climate change on the Republic’s water resources and the impact of rising temperatures on human health and the energy sector. Mr Masagos noted that the Government had established the CCRS in 2013, under the Meteorological Service Singapore in the National Environment Agency, to meet the challenge of climate change with actions based on “robust science”. “Climate science, where it is developed specifically for the tropics, is a new and complex area of research. There is limited amount of expertise and experts in this area,” said Mr Masagos, who added that more work needs to be done. In his speech Mr Masagos stressed that climate change is a “pressing priority and an existential challenge”. “At stake is nothing less than the physical preservation of our island nation and its inhabitants,” he said. Mr Masagos also announced that as part of efforts to collaborate with scientists around the world, Singapore will be hosting a Scoping Meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Singapore in October this year, together with a meeting of the IPCC Bureau, one of the highest decision-making bodies in the IPCC. The IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. “This is the first time that Singapore will be hosting an IPCC meeting. It signals our strong support for the commitment to climate science and climate action,” said Mr Masagos. The string of announcements by Mr Masagos were made at the Partners for the Environment forum held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Into its third year, the annual event is organised by the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is also co-organised by the British High Commission in Singapore for the first time. The collaboration is in support of the Singapore-United Kingdom Partnership for the Future launched earlier this year which will see both countries broaden and deepen their ties. (ICE SINGAPORE)


Fonte notizia: Today Online, 17 July 2019