Monday, 8 July 2013

Task 1 (Big Idea): Haady (20)

Currently, the biggest environment problem in Singapore is air pollution. Recently, there had been a terrible haze polluting the whole of Singapore. The Per Square Inch (PSI) reading escalated up to 507 which has already reached way above the hazardous level.

Fortunately, the PSI reading has depleted to good reading of 27. The haze may come back anytime, so we better be prepared. The framers in Sumatra used the ‘slash and burn’ method to clear out the forest for land for farming. 

Hotspots could be found in many places around the Sumatra, Southern Malaysia and Singapore region during the month of June. N95 mask had ran out of stock in Singapore and a massive amount of orders of N95 mask crashed Amazon’s server. News said that this incident finally sets Singapore on the map, not in China.

The Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, as well as Vivian Balakrishnan, the Singaporean Minister of Environment and Water Resources, have expressed concern over the haze, calling on Indonesia to do more to resolve the issue. 

However,  Agung Laksono (Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare) accused Singapore of acting "like a child", to emphasize its view that Singapore was being immature. In response, Singapore's Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong responded that "the Singapore Child is being suffocated", borrowing the same descriptor to highlight the nation's innocence yet vulnerability in the haze crisis.

During the first four days of the haze, the government and other institutions implemented a series of safety precautions, meant to reduce exposure to the haze and outdoor activities were restricted.

In some countries, for example Bangkok, had run out of N95 mask too. This shows that the haze from the burning forests of Sumatra had caused a major impact on other countries.

Many citizens of Singapore were suffering from the severe haze in singapore. This incident shows how important and why we should keep our air clean. 



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