Haze from Indonesian fires may have killed more than 100,000 people – study

Date of Release: 
Sep 19 2016

A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the “killer haze”.

Researchers from Harvard and Columbia universities in the US estimated there were more than 90,000 early deaths in Indonesia in areas closest to haze-belching fires, and several thousand more in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.

The new estimate, reached using a complex analytical model, is far higher than the previous official death toll given by authorities of just 19 deaths in Indonesia.


Singapore to discuss haze with ASEAN counterpart

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Sep 23 2013

Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan will meet other ASEAN environment ministers this week to review the implementation and ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution.

They will also review the haze and fire occurrences in the region over the past year.

The reviews will take place at the 9th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (COP-9) in Surabaya, Indonesia.


Environment Impact Assessment for Singapore's Cross Island Line to start next year

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Sep 15 2013

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) will call a tender in the first quarter of next year for a consultant to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the future Cross Island Line.

This assessment will focus on the portion of the MRT line around the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, and determine how various alignments could affect the reserve.


First court case over haze may start next month

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Aug 30 2013

THE first case of a company charged with illegal burning may land in a Riau district court next month, said a senior Indonesian official, even as the haze thickened and meteorologists warned of more hot spots through October.

"Most of the cases have moved to the investigations stage and we expect the first case ready to be in court by end of September," Mr Mas Achmad Santosa, deputy of a presidential task force, told The Straits Times on the sidelines of a United Nations-led workshop on Forestry Law.


Project Shell Eastern Petrochemicals Complex: Ethylene Cracker Complex & Mono Ethylene Glycol Plant, Singapore

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Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Limited (SEPL) is planning a major petrochemicals development project in Singapore consisting of the following three elements:


Preliminary Assessment of Singapore's Environmental Law

The Singapore Constitution does not contain any provisions on the environment. Neither does Singapore have a framework law on environmental protection and management. There is no mandatory environmental impact assessment (EIA) system laid out in legislation. The present scheme of environmental management in Singapore is scattered throughout numerous Acts and Regulations. EIAs are required on an ad hoc basis at the discretion of the ENV. There has not been much judicial pronouncement or comment on environmental matters - in fact, environmental litigation is almost unknown in Singapore.


The EIA process in Singapore with particular respect to coastal environments and the role of NGOs

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The recent history of industrial and urban development in Singapore, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process, and the way EIAs are used in development planning is briefly reviewed. EIAs are carried out in secret when, and if the Government deems them necessary. Coastal ecosystems are used as examples to show that an almost total loss of mangrove, sandy beach and coral reef systems has taken place at the expense of development, and in a political environment where the EIA is supposedly utilized.


Singapore Coastal Reclamation: History and Problems

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Singapore has been undergoing coastal reclamation for four decades. As its population grows until more than four million, the Singapore government faces problem in providing ample land for residential, industrial and municipal activities. Some waterfronts and offshore islands in Singapore have been deformed or enlarged by some coastal reclamation projects. The reclamation has been particularly devastating. Some problems, namely environmental and territorial problems, have arisen some concerns from its neighboring countries.


Singapore: Pasir Ris woodland to make way for school

Date of Release: 
Nov 5 2012

Efforts by some Pasir Ris residents to save a woodland at the junction of Pasir Ris Drive 3 and Elias Road have hit a wall, with development plans for an international school set to go ahead, according to the Ministry of National Development (MND) in two letters addressed to a resident last Tuesday.

The site was among those included in a request-for-interest exercise announced in April, said the letters sent via email and signed by Strategic Planning Manager Loo Jian Sheng for the ministry's Permanent Secretary.


EIA: Singapore

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An Act to consolidate the laws relating to environmental pollution control and for purposes connected therewith.
[1st April 1999]
Short title
1. This Act may be cited as the Environmental Pollution Control Act.

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