Changi Jewel, Singapore credit Darren Nunis on Unsplash
From time to time we are going to look at some interesting and fun highlights from social media that may be of interest to travellers throughout Southeast Asia.
We kick of the series with some recent tweets relating to Singapore.
Airports and airlines do not have the best reputation when it comes to the environment.
Earlier this week the Malaysia Aviation Group launched a sustainability blueprint designed to help reduce waste, increase recycling and upcycling and, eventually, to achieve net zero emissions.
Changi Airport in Singapore includes the Jewel which features 60,000 shrubs and 900 trees and palms in a spectacular indoor garden. The Shiseido Forest Valley includes a number of walking trees with a spectacular waterfall as its centre piece.
The Jewel also includes mazes, bouncing nets, giant slides and incredible topiary animals.
An incredible new development in Singapore will see 42,000 new homes in a car-free, environmentally friendly environment.
Emissions will be significantly reduced through a central cooling system, smart street lights turn off when not required. The development will include an eco-corridor allowing wildlife to move safely, and freely.
The development is part of Singapore’s Green Masterplan which includes the planting of 1 million new trees and that every home will be within a 10-minute walk of a park.
The Light Rail Transit (LRT) system has a neat trick to ensure privacy as it passes residential areas.
No spying in people’s homes as you pass by on the LRT.
Singapore is experimenting with self-driving vehicles, including buses.
If successful it is hoped that a wider roll-out will lead to reduced emissions, through more efficient driving and less migrant workers which put a strain on infrastructure in the tiny island-state.
Trials are also taking place with autonomous delivery vehicles.
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