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Prof Benjamin Horton in the Straits Times: Why what happens in the Arctic matters for Singapore
In an article published in The Straits Times on January 26, Prof Benjamin Horton, describes how the rapid temperature increase that is happening in the Arctic is relevant to Singapore. In the article, entitled 'What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic', he explains why a country like Singapore, with 30% of its surface are less than 5m above sea level, and neighbouring countries with millions of people living in low-elevation coastal zones, should care about the fast melting of Arctic sea ice and its effect on sea level all over the world.
Economic activity, infrastructure and ecosystems will all be affected, from new shipping routes to flooding, as ice turns into sea water.
Prof Benjamin Horton represented Singapore alongside government officials at the Arctic Council meetings in Berlin and St Petersburg last year. He is also an author of the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report and an editor of the new Sixth Assessment Report.