Best of our wild blogs: 2 Nov 18

Saving Mandai Mudflats and Mangroves
Singapore Bird Group

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Step into post-climate change Singapore with ST's new virtual reality project

Toh Ting Wei Straits Times 1 Nov 18;

SINGAPORE - Have you ever wondered what Singapore will be like in the next century, amid all the warnings about a world drastically altered by climate change?

You can now take a step into the far future, with The Straits Times' virtual reality (VR) project, Singapore 2100: Climate changed.

The project will take viewers on a four-minute journey through Singapore in 2100, from a river cruise at Boat Quay to the Merlion Park and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark.

Users who complete a tour of these scenes will be taken to a "bonus" scene, where they can see the whole of Singapore from a bird's eye view.

Members of the public can experience this at ST's booth at the Singapore Eco-Film Festival, which is taking place now till Sunday (Nov 4) at the ArtScience Museum.

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Malaysia: Proposal to resume plastic waste APs with conditions

Hidir Reduan Abdul Rashid New Straits Time 1 Nov 18;

KUALA LUMPUR: The Housing and Local Government Ministry is proposing that Approved Permits (AP) for import of plastic waste for recycling be resumed by limiting it to companies that fulfil certain AP conditions.

Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said this was necessary as plastic waste was a valuable commodity that could help domestic recycling factories generate revenue for the country via proper separation of plastic waste from other waste and processing.

“The ministry proposes that import licence (AP) only be resumed and limited to qualified companies that fulfil AP terms set by the ministry, as well as fixing a ratio for plastic waste importing companies by making it mandatory for usage of 30 per cent local plastic waste.

“This proposal indirectly will decrease imports of plastic waste to 30 per cent and thus boost local plastic waste recycling activities,” she said.

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Palau to ban sunscreen products to protect reefs

Matt McGrath BBC 1 Nov 18;

Palau is set to become the first country to impose a widespread ban on sunscreen in an effort to protect its vulnerable coral reefs.

The government has signed a law that restricts the sale and use of sunscreen and skincare products that contain a list of ten different chemicals.

Researchers believe that these ingredients are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more susceptible to bleaching.

The ban comes into force in 2020.

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