Best of our wild blogs: 26 Dec 18

Why the Singapore Blue Plan 2018 matters?
Psychedelic Nature

Christmas corals at Kusu Island
wild shores of singapore

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Singapore's ‘quail man’ could lose decades-old farm amid industry shake-up

WONG PEI TING Today Online 25 Dec 18;

SINGAPORE — It is one of the oldest surviving farms in Singapore and the bigger of two quail egg producers here. But in three years’ time, Mr William Ho may lose the decades-old business started by his father, pioneering poultry farmer Ho Seng Choon, who died in August at the age of 95.

Mr Ho, 52, failed to secure either of the two land parcels in Lim Chu Kang awarded last Friday (Dec 21) by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) for quail egg farming.

The lease of his current 2.7-hectare farm runs out in December 2021, after a two-year extension given by the AVA last year.

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Indonesia: Bali enacts plastics ban, targeting 70 percent reduced use in 2019

The Jakarta Post 25 Dec 18;

Bali has taken a big step to curb pollution in its seas, enacting a ban on troublesome single-use plastics like shopping bags, styrofoam and straws.

Bali Governor Wayan Koster announced the ban on Monday, as stipulated in Gubernatorial Regulation (Pergub) No. 97/2018, expressing hope that the policy would lead to a 70 percent decline in Bali’s marine plastics within a year.

The new policy carries a six-month grace period dating from Dec. 21, when it was signed and took effect.

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