Earth Observatory Blog

Submitted on 08 Jul 2020 by:

A commentary by Professor Benjamin Horton (Earth Observatory of Singapore) and Emeritus Professor Perter Horton (University of Sheffield), published online on 7 July 2020 in One Earth, looks at how the current COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis are signs of the unsustainability of human society and the decreasing resilience of our ailing planet.

Titled “COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency: Do Common Origins and Solutions Reside in the Global Agrifood System?”, the authors discuss whether both events have the same underlying causes and common solutions, and whether they might be rooted in a failing global agrifood system.

Citing declining...

Submitted on 11 Jun 2019 by:

Have you got a poster presentation coming up and don’t know how to prepare for it ? We’ve got three award-winners here to help you – Ms Priyamvada Nanjundiah (Priya), Mr Yudha Setiawan Djamil, and Ms Regine Tiong Hui Yi.

Priya, a PhD student at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), was one of the winners of the American Geophysical Union’s Outstanding Student Paper Awards in 2016. She also won Best Student Poster at 2017’s Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS). Yudha, also a...

Submitted on 30 Mar 2018 by:

625 million people worldwide live in low elevation coastal zones (LECZ). By 2060, the LECZ population is likely to approach 1.4 billion people. These low-lying coastal regions, many of them in Southeast Asia (>70% of total LECZ population), are vulnerable to sea-level rise brought about by climate change. Changing sea-level is an inevitable consequence of climate change caused by a combination of the increased water mass and volume in the oceans. Recent climate warming is responsible for producing the highest rate of sea-level rise observed in the past few millennia and it is expected that this acceleration will continue through the 21st century and beyond. Future sea-level changes will be spatially variable and consequently risk assessment should be based on regional rather...

Submitted on 23 Oct 2017 by:

The media’s use of alarmist words to communicate science is a challenging and multifaceted issue. Peeling back the layers, we find that there are many complex processes involved in science communication.

On the one hand, we have a large, relatively disaffected populace who are not necessarily familiar with scientific discourse. They may find the specialised language and vocabulary of science and scientific terminology inaccessible.

On the other hand, we have scientists and researchers, as well as media channels, who may or may not be informed about the nature of the scientific research they are communicating to the public.

Oftentimes, a call to action tends to incorporate the sensationalisation of issues, and discourses can veer away from accuracy...

Submitted on 01 Sep 2017 by:

As the jagged array of lush mountains loomed into view, pure contentment pervaded my senses. This was an elusive sensation back in Singapore but a ubiquitous one in this foreign land. Perplexed, I sought to discern the contrast between these two countries.

Bhutan was silently tucked away until it opened its borders merely 50 years ago, enthralling the world with novel ideas of happiness and sustainable living. By contrast, in just 50 years Singapore blossomed into a bustling metropolis, but still falters in terms of prioritising nature over economic progress.

Taste: Agriculture

A traditional Bhutanese saying goes: “It is better to have milk and cheese many times, than beef just once.” Bhutan upholds this belief with its no-killing policy. With no...

Submitted on 29 Jun 2017 by:

After filming for StarHub in October last year, the TV series titled Young Travellers’ Survival Handbook finally aired this month. 

Episode 4, which Assistant Professor Wei Shengji had made his appearance in, was screened on 25 June 2017 (Sun) at 12pm on StarHub’s E City Channel 111.

In the video below, Asst. Prof Wei shares what it was like being part of the production process, and how he felt catching himself in action on TV.