Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced plans to prepare against the threats posed by climate change. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
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Singapore braces for rising sea levels, taking practical steps to prepare for climate change

  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced plans to protect the island nation against a projected one metre rise in sea levels
  • In ancient China, legend tells of how one man redirected floodwaters to become king

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Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong recently announced plans to prepare against the threats posed by climate change. Photo: AFP
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Rising seas are the biggest threat to Singapore in the short term. Photo: AFP

Singapore’s climate change dilemma: elevate or leave. What are the solutions?

  • About 30 per cent of the Lion City’s 721 sq km is less than 5 metres above sea level, and experts predict the surrounding waters could be a metre higher by 2100
  • Officials want to reclaim land to tackle the problem, but environmentalists say mitigation is also needed and the city needs to see the bigger picture
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Rising seas are the biggest threat to Singapore in the short term. Photo: AFP
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