Best of our wild blogs: 22 Apr 19

Return to Sentosa Serapong after mass dying
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NUS students come together to petition for school to withdraw from fossil fuels

Evan See The New Paper 22 Apr 19;

Mr Jerald Lim, 25, was not always the eco-warrior he is today.

Before he started university at Yale-NUS College, climate change was merely a distant issue he would read about in the news.

But an environmental studies course he took in school reshaped his mindset in two ways.

First, it showed him that the climate problem went far beyond the individual.

Second, he realised that environmental change can be created through the work of a few people.

"Through a tool called the ecological footprint calculator, we realised that our unsustainable footprint would not change much with tweaks to food, transport and housing," Mr Lim told The New Paper.

"Most of it came down to things out of our direct control, like investment in fossil fuels."

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Dengue cases in first quarter of 2019 rose by three times compared to last year

Tan Tam Mei Straits Times 21 Apr 19;

SINGAPORE - There were three times as many dengue cases across Singapore in the first three and a half months of this year compared to the same period last year, and the mosquito population remains high.

Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor said on Sunday (April 21) that there were 2,457 dengue cases in that period, compared to 678 last year.

As Singapore goes into its warmer months, which is traditionally the peak dengue season, Dr Khor cautioned residents to remain vigilant in preventing mosquitoes from breeding to mitigate the risk of dengue.

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Malaysia: 40ha of forest near Kuantan on fire

Bernama New Straits Times 21 Apr 19;

KUANTAN: Some 40ha of forest near the Sultan Ahmad Shah Maritime Academy (AMSAS), near here, has been burning since Thursday.

Gebeng Fire and Rescue Department chief Syed A. Jamaludin Syed Mohamed said the fire was detected at 4pm by a patrol team.

He said only four hectares of the affected area had been doused.

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Corals in Gulf of Mannar feel the heat

Hariprasad A R THOOTHUKUDI The Hindu 21 Apr 19;

Around 2.5% bleaching witnessed during underwater study

Coral reefs in the Gulf of Mannar region, which were recovering well since the last mass coral bleaching witnessed in 2016, have once again started bleaching due to rising temperatures this summer.

During an underwater study by the Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute (SDMRI), the extent of bleaching was estimated to be 2.5%, of which 2% was partially bleached while 0.5% has suffered full bleaching.

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