Mangroves: Nature’s Desalination Plant

Mangrove forests have great ecological significance, both to humans and the functioning of the natural environment. By protecting mangroves, we can help protect the future of our planet.

Celebrating Our Oceans

Now more than ever, we are more aware and alert to the consequences of our actions – our mining and every growing consumption of the Earth’s natural resources have depleted them. Actions like using plastic bags without disposing of them properly or human drilling deeper in oil rigs cause oil spills that often lead to…

The Improbable Aircon: Why Singapore Should Care About Antarctica

By Sandra Marichal A month ago, I found myself harnessed to a rope held by an expedition crew member who was, at the time, wearing five layers of clothes shielding from the -15°C winds. I, on the other hand, was wearing my two-piece bikini, ready to jump into the -2°C waters off the Antarctic Peninsula….

About Earth and Climate Change

Somehow, I did not hear much about the Earth Hour this year, unlike the hype for the past few years, considering it is only about a week away. I went to the Earth Hour website and saw the tagline “Stop the burning and grow a forest.” I believe many of us would identify with it,…

Climate Change – Learn about it live!

In 30 minutes, our Science Educator will bring you from 4.5 billion years ago to the present world, from planet Earth to outer space, to help us understand  how Earth has evolved through the years, how lifeforms on this planet has contributed to the change of its living environment, and appreciate what Earth has given…

Blue is in!

We got ‘em back! Our baby blue skies… If I could just welcome them, I’d do it with open arms! I’d so be a (blue) sky hugger! Only recently, we had an exhibition on haze at the Science Centre! Titled, Haze: Know It. Stop It. That’s where I met a passionate advocate in Xin Yi….

Hazy with a chance of even more haze?

With the haze running riot, it’s quite difficult to sing “I can see clearly now”. Chances are you’ll likely run out of breath if you tried! At least, like the Brits, we now have a great conversation starter in the weather. The NEA’s haze reports are dismal. The update this morning (24 Sep) states that…

Reflections after Earth Day 2015

Every year, I will write about Earth Day, my reflections and review my record book. Just a few nights ago, into the last 5 mins of Earth Day this year, I saw a Facebook post by Agatha (Green Issues by Agy), one of our active makers of Maker Faire Singapore. She said, “Let’s make every…

Ringing in the New Year!

Whether in reverence of revelry, I’m sure that many of you are planning to usher in the New Year with joy! As you gear up for the countdown parties at Marina Bay, Sentosa or in the heartlands, take a time-out to take stock of the past. And as you do that, remember also the many…

Guess who said Hailoo!

Not one but two surprises later, we’re left bewildered. First, the rain. Then, hail! (Say what?!) Yes, hail! I kid you not. It bucketed down at about two in the afternoon-much to our delight after we experienced an intense week of haze from the bush fires in Indonesia. But what transpired was a real surprise!…

Earth Hour – What is your personal report card?

March and April tends to set most of us thinking more about Mother Earth, in view of all the rave about Earth Hour and Earth Day. Like what I mentioned in my earlier blogs (Earth Hour – What does it mean to you?) and (Reflection over the Earth Day), these are just symbolic events while…

To the Arctic

I finally watched “To the Arctic” during the Hari Raya Haji public holiday. Some friends were interested and off we went to the Omni-Theatre for the evening show. Right from the start, the 45-minute IMAX movie tugged at my heartstrings. The narrator told a tale of a pair of polar bears (mother and cub) that…

Will you settle for “no other choice”?

Guest post by Maria Paulene Abundo, participant of the ‘Science Centre Engagement and the Rio Summit (SCEnaRioS) – Water’ project and member of the Singapore Academy of Young Engineers and Scientists. ‘SCEnaRioS – Water’ is an international collaboration between Science Centre Singapore, Questacon in Australia and Guangdong Science Centre in Guangzhou, China, and one of several…

Earth Hour. Earth Day. What’s next?

Earth Hour was over in March and Earth Day was over in April. May has arrived but thoughts on the environmental issue wandered to my mind again. An article inside the Singapore Scientist magazine reminded me that while individual efforts matter, we could not deny the impact caused by industrialisation on our environment, and we…

Reflection over the Earth Day

A couple of weeks back, I blogged about my thoughts on the environmental issue. A couple of days ago, I heard the topic being spoken of during the ASPAC 2012 Conference (http://aspac2012.com) held here in Science Centre Singapore. During his keynote address on the third day of the conference, Professor Kerry Sieh, Director of the…

Earth Hour – What does it mean to you?

Have you been taking care of our Mother Earth? Recent events have set me thinking about this question once again. Earth Hour Last Saturday (31 Mar 2012), many people observed the Earth Hour. Earth Hour was started by WWF-Sydney in the year 2007 for the people in Sydney to show their support for climate change…

Why do we need snow and ice?

Guest Post by Dr. Pål Prestrud, Director of CICERO, the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research Outside my office building here in Oslo, the capital of Norway, the ground and the roofs of the buildings are still covered with half a meter of white snow now in mid March. It has been like this for…