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The recent record-high temperature in Singapore last week highlights the need for sustainable solutions to mitigate the urban heat island effect, say Aikeen Lim, Postdoctoral candidate and Perrine Hamel, Assistant Professor at NTU Asian School of the Environment and Principal Investigator at the Resilient and Liveable Cities Lab, Earth Observatory of Singapore, in this commentary.
To reduce extra heat in the environment on an individual level, consider using fans or having the air-conditioning unit turned on only for short periods of time. With regards to urban planning, green spaces such as forests and parks as well as blue spaces such as lakes and rivers should be preserved, and where possible, increased in size and number, they said.
Read the full Channel News Asia Commentary here.