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Submitted on 05 Apr 2018 by:

Channel NewsAsia held a dialogue session on 24 January 2018 at the Funan Showsuite. Associate Professor Adam Switzer, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, together with a panel of speakers, shared their thoughts on CNA’s INSIGHT episode, Fukushima — 6 years after the Daiichi disaster. They explored topics that looked at how safe it is for residents to return to Fukushima, the damage to the ecosystems there, as well as its clean-up.

Assoc Prof Switzer led the discussion on the long-term damages from alternative energy sources, and if clean energy might be the solution. “There is a rising demand for energy in Singapore due to growing industries. But what are the acceptable risks?” he asked. “The hazard zone of a nuclear power plant is the size of...

Submitted on 16 Aug 2017 by:

In 2013 and 2015, Singapore suffered from extreme haze. Channel NewsAsia sat down with two experts to find out more about Singapore's haze prospects for 2017.

Assistant Professor Mikinori Kuwata, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, discussed Singapore's haze situation with Vivian Claire Liew, the CEO of the social enterprise PhilanthropyWorks. Asst. Prof Kuwata explained how a combination of factors - both human and natural - will influence the prevalence of haze in Singapore.

Available online from August 14 2017 at 10pm, the video commentary can be viewed here.

Submitted on 04 Aug 2017 by:

A recent BBC report announced that South Asia could be uninhabitable by 2100 due to global warming. Singapore Tonight, a nightly Channel NewsAsia programme, investigated the potential ramifications of this extreme global warming for Singapore.

The hosts of Singapore Tonight spoke to Assistant Professor Wang Xianfeng, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, about the weather that Singapore can expect in the future, due to climate change.

Aired on 3 August 2017 at 10pm on Channel NewsAsia, the episode can be viewed here....

Submitted on 31 Jul 2017 by:

Assistant Professor Sylvain Barbot discusses the scientific implications of the data gathered from the search for flight MH370 on Channel NewsAsia

Since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing over two years ago, the world has waited with bated breath for news of its discovery. A massive search for the aircraft recently ended without conclusive results. While the disappearance of MH370 remains a tragic mystery, the search could provide valuable data to scientific communities. 

Ms Glenda Chong and Mr Steve Lai, co-hosts of Channel NewsAsia’s PrimeTime Asia programme, spoke with Assistant Professor Sylvain Barbot last Friday about the scientific implications of this data.

Asst. Prof Barbot, a Principal Investigator of the Tectonics Group at the Earth...

Submitted on 19 May 2017 by:

Talking Point, a current affairs TV programme, takes a closer look at the dangers of Singapore’s coastal conditions after the tragic drowning of a 12-year-old boy at East Coast Park.

Speaking to Associate Professor Adam Switzer, a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the programme delved into how safe it really is to swim at our beaches, as well as where the most hazardous waters for swimmers are.

Aired on 18 May 2017 at 9.30pm on MediaCorp’s Channel 5, the episode can be viewed here.

 
Submitted on 29 Nov 2016 by:

In the night of 21 November 2016 (local time), Japan was struck by a magnitude-6.9 earthquake. This was soon followed by a M 5.6 quake in New Zealand’s North Island, which sparked speculation that the event in Japan had triggered the one in New Zealand. 

Dr Wang Yu, a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, appeared on Channel NewsAsia’s morning news programme, on 22 November 2016, to explain both earthquake events, as well as clarify whether or not this is an indication of more large earthquakes to come.

Below is a short summary of the Q&A segment between Dr Wang and host, Christine Chan:

Q: First Japan, then New Zealand. Are we seeing an awakening of the Ring of Fire?

The Ring of Fire never rests. If we look at historical...