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29 Aug International panel submits report on transboundary haze

An international panel set up by the Singapore government in March to study transboundary pollution issues, including the haze, has submitted its report. The panel was co-chaired by Professor S Jayakumar, former Singapore deputy prime minister, and Professor Tommy Koh,  Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large. It also consulted law...

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23 Jul UNEA: The more the merrier?

The inaugural United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), the new governing council of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), saw representatives from all 193 UN member states gather together late last month for the first time. The adoption of the UNEA by the UN General Assembly last year,...

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19 Jul Stumbling to map a path through the haze

It was probably wrong to expect too much too fast when Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) environment ministers met to discuss the haze, caused by fires in Indonesia. Never mind that Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, which hosted the meeting, have suffered record-high and hazardous levels...

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11 Jul Making haze crimes pay

The newly-proposed fine for haze crimes is a crystal-clear sign of the Government’s determination to stop slash-and-burn tactics used by the agroforestry resource sector in land clearing. Announced in Parliament on Monday after a month-long public consultation, the toughened Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill penalises companies...

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10 Jul Haze Bill: Have we done enough?

Harsher penalties will give the proposed Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill more bite, said Singapore Institute of International Affairs’ (SIIA) Deputy Director and Fellow Chua Chin Wei during an interview with Channel NewsAsia (CNA) on July 7, 2014, after Singapore’s Minister for Environment and Water Resources...

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08 Jul No haze yet?

Singapore has been spared from the haze so far this year, but will this change the government's haze assessment? SIIA Executive Director and Nominated MP Nicholas Fang posed the question in Parliament: In Parliament yesterday, Nominated MP Nicholas Fang asked Minister for the Environment and Water...

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19 Jun PSI 400 Haze in Singapore: One year on

Singapore was besieged by haze measuring PSI 400 about a year ago. The fact that we are enjoying clear skies right now is no guarantee that another severe haze episode will not happen anytime soon. The fact remains that hotspots are a common occurrence in Indonesia....

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19 Jun UN climate talks: On track for Paris 2015?

The recent climate talks in Bonn gave a renewed sense of hope for a global, legally binding agreement to be brokered by the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. This optimism is bolstered by recent indications by the United States and China of a willingness...

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13 Jun Fighting haze: What consumers, firms can do

Recent warnings of a potential three-month prolonged haze crisis comparable to the severe episodes in 1997 and last year are worrying. Earlier in the year, large numbers of hot spots were already noted in Sumatra. There is also a high possibility of the region entering into...

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