Best of our wild blogs: 4 Nov 18

Sea turtle overload and other Marine Park happenings
Sisters' Island Marine Park

Butterfly Anatomy : Part 2
Butterflies of Singapore

Meat Lovers: Pitcher Plants
BES Drongos

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Singapore must do more to protect environment, guard against climate change: PM Lee

Nabila Goh Channel NewsAsia 3 Nov 18;

SINGAPORE: Singapore must do more to protect the environment as the threat of climate change becomes increasingly serious both locally and globally, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Saturday (Nov 3).

Speaking at the launch of Clean and Green Singapore Carnival at Wisma Geylang Serai, Mr Lee said Singapore must take steps to protect itself against the adverse effects of global warming.

“We must consider the far-reaching implications of climate change for our city, our economy, our people," said Mr Lee.

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Learn how to waste less at green carnival

Jolene Ang Straits Times 4 Nov 18;

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday launched the Clean and Green Singapore carnival at Wisma Geylang Serai, where he also planted a mango tree.

The carnival is open to the public till today and will be open for visits by schools tomorrow. Visitors to the carnival attended workshops on how to repair household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and kettles, or how to repurpose household items such as umbrellas into tote bags, among other activities.

Students who took part in the Environment Challenge for Schools, organised by the National Environment Agency (NEA), also showcased their projects.

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Malaysia: NGO wants details on protecting forest reserves

The Star 4 Nov 18;

PETALING JAYA: The Organisation for the Preservation of Natural Heri­tage Malaysia (Peka) wants more details on how the RM60mil allocation will be channelled towards protecting forest reserves.

Peka president Puan Sri Shariffa Sabrina Syed Akil said its greatest fear was that the allocation, announced in Budget 2019, would not lead to changes in the logging policy of states such as Kelantan, Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.

“The lack of details pertaining to this allocation and other efforts related to the environment during the tabling of the Budget merely reinforces the perception that the government is still not serious in preserving and conserving our rainforests, rivers and seas,” she said.

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Indonesia: Polluted and drained, rivers cause water crisis in Surakarta

Ganug Nugroho Adi The Jakarta Post 3 Nov 18;

The city-owned water company of Surakarta (PDAM Surakarta) has struggled to provide clean water for the Central Java city for the past two weeks as rivers are dry and tainted with factory waste.

The water company has stopped the operation of its water treatment plants, forcing residents to scramble to buy gallon water jugs as an alternative. As of Saturday, the distribution of water tanks from the water company was still scarce.

“On Wednesday, we dropped 30 tanks of clean water, today 50 tanks. No permanent solution has been found since the treatment plants ceased production,” said PDAM Surakarta spokesperson Bayu Tunggul.

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