In Stage 1 of The Citizens’ Agenda, New Naratif asked Singaporeans readers what they think are the most important issues facing Singapore, and what they’d like political candidates to talk about in the next general election. Here’s what our readers said (and didn’t say).
Landslides and Flash floods: Penang’s Growing Environmental Worries
Multiple landslides and flash flooding on Penang Island have ignited a fiery debate about the state’s development trajectory and the tremendous pressure it places on the environment.
Drought, Construction, and Dry Wells
Much of Cambodia experienced water shortages this dry season, but in Sihanoukville, locals and officials say drought, rapid building and population growth have placed new hardships on people’s access to water.
Blue Carbon: An Underreported Climate Story
Mangrove forests can store more carbon dioxide per hectare than upland forests, making them a heavy hitter in the fight against climate change. But they’re under-researched and under-managed in Indonesia.
Indonesia’s Can’t-Do Climate Plan
Indonesia has set itself a target of reducing carbon emissions by 29% by 2030—a plan that, as things stand, is not achievable. Can the country correct its course on climate action, or will it be left to the next generation to pick up the pieces?
Backed by Banks, Vietnam Embraces Dirty Coal
A controversial coal-fired power plant in Vietnam, backed by international financing, is emblematic of the country’s environmentally destructive stance on energy generation.