Best of our wild blogs: 12 Dec 18

Terumbu Pempang Tengah is back to life
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BlueSG will open charging stations to privately owned electric vehicles from next year

Zhaki Abdullah Straits Times 11 Dec 18;

SINGAPORE - Electric car-sharing operator BlueSG will begin opening its charging stations to third-party electric vehicles from the first quarter of next year.

The firm, a subsidiary of French conglomerate Bollore Group, made the announcement on Tuesday (Dec 11) to mark the first anniversary of its operations here.

Charging stations at Housing Board and private carparks, as well as those operated by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and JTC, will be made available to private users.

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Global climate conference important for S’pore, countries must decisively resolve differences: Masagos

NEO CHAI CHIN Today Online 11 Dec 18;

SINGAPORE — Arriving in Poland for high-level climate talks, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said on Tuesday (Dec 11) that the critical meeting will determine how the world comes together to address climate change.

Mr Masagos said in a Facebook post that the Katowice climate conference — called the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change — is important for Singapore for many reasons. They include Singapore’s vulnerability to rising sea levels as a low-lying city state, as well as the far-reaching impact of climate change on the global economy, food supply and Singapore’s way of life.

He is expected to deliver Singapore’s national statement at the summit on Wednesday, between 5pm and 8pm (Singapore time).

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Malaysia: Act-ing on climate change

sim leoi leoi The Star 12 Dec 18;

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will start drafting a Climate Change Act, which is expected to take 24 to 30 months.

Once ready, it will be tabled in Parliament.

It will include a list of scenarios the country will face should global temperature rise by 2°C.

Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Yeo Bee Yin said they also aimed to complete and announce a national climate change adaptation and mitigation plan by the end of next year.

She said a climate change centre would also be set up by next year.

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Indonesia: Batam drafts plastic use restriction regulation

Antara 11 Dec 18;

Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA News) - The regional government of Batam City, Riau Islands Province, is now drafting a regulation on the restriction of plastic use in various internal official ceremonies.

"We are programming a regulation at the regional level. It is not impossible for us to introduce a regulation at the municipal level to restrict the use of plastic," Deputy Mayor of Batam City, Amsakar Achmad said here on Tuesday.

The (regional) government is still drafting plans to replace the use of plastics with other materials during official and community events.

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