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Cities like Singapore could face punishing heatwaves, floods

A 2019 file photo showing a tree burning as a tract of the Amazon jungle is cleared by farmers in Brazil's Rondonia state. (PHOTO: REUTERS)
The Straits Times
10 Aug 2021
Heatwaves, Floods

SMU Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society Winston Chow, an expert on the impact of climate change on cities and who contributes to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, said temperatures above 35 deg C in Singapore would be an uncomfortable experience as humidity magnifies thermal discomfort. Humans can adapt to this with air-conditioning and shade, but the country's native flora and fauna cannot. "Our trees and animals on land and sea don't have that luxury if there's a prolonged heatwave," Assoc Prof Chow added.