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Environmental Impact Studies - A Growing Need in Singapore

While environmental impact assessment (EIA) has been enacted and practised widely in various working definitions around the world, it has only recently gained prominence in Singapore.

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Cross Island Line Impacts on Biodiversity in Central Catchment Nature Reserve

In a previous article, the potential negative impacts on avian biodiversity if plans for the construction of Cross Island Line (CRL) were to follow through were highlighted. In this update, Tan Hui Zhen and Shermaine Wong turn their focus to other biodiversity that reside in the MacRitchie forests - the non-avian fauna and often overlooked flora of the Central Catchment Nature Reserve (CCNR).

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Singapore Cross Island MRT Line To Undergo Environmental Impact Assessment

Civic society and NGOs managed to convince the Singapore government to hold off its plans to run a new MRT line through a biodiverse nature reserve until a comprehensive assessment on environmental impacts has been made. Tan Hui Zhen and Shermaine Wong report.

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Singapore's Electric Vehicle Test-bed Launched

The inter-agency Electric Vehicle (EV) Taskforce, led by the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA), announced the launch of the electric vehicle test-bed in Singapore on 25 June 2011. It was also revealed for the first time that Daimler South East Asia (SEA) Pte. Ltd has joined the test-bed, and will bring in 20 smart fortwo (ed) vehicles available for lease under the EV test-bed from July 2011.

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Bicycle Hire Service in Hangzhou, China - World's Biggest

With over 50,000 bikes available to rent, Hangzhou in China is aiming to reduce pollution, cut congestion, and keep its people healthy โ€“ all while making a profit!

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Formula One Rules Set to Make Race Cars Greener  

New rules for smaller engines and improved energy-recovery systems mean that Formula One racing cars will get much more fuel efficient, and quieter, within the next two seasons.

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Energy Efficiency of Fossil-fuel and Electricity-powered Cars

Andrew Porter takes a closer look at how energy travels from the grid to the road, and argues that electric cars are not necessarily more energy efficient compared to fossil-fuel powered cars. Electricity generation needs to be re-examined to gain greater energy efficiencies.

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Power from Rail to Road โ€“ The Future of Electric Cars  

How soon will we see people driving sustainable motorcars that reduce the impact on fossil fuels and reduce pollution? While many people assume, and hope, that the next generation motorcar will be powered either from a rechargeable battery, or an internal combustion engine using bio-fuels, there are problems associated with these methods. Andrew Porter looks into the sustainability issue of bio-fuels to power internal combustion engines, and presents the bright prospect of fully-optimised electric cars inspired by the old diesel electric railway locomotive.

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Singapore Clean Energy and Electric Cars Adoption Too Small, Too Slow

Singapore has aced in many areas. But when it comes to embracing renewable forms of energy sources though, Singapore is terribly late in the game.

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Ecological Car Improvements, Fuel Efficiency with Old Cars

Much has been said about next generation motorcars and the influx of bio-fuels, petrol electric hybrids, pure electric, hydrogen power and so on. Still, just how much improvement they make to the environment on a total carbon footprint basis remains debatable. But we can do something about what we have now. This article looks at what can be done to improve existing motorcars โ€“ both old and new - in terms of fuel efficiency.

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