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People look out to sea from a breakwater at East Coast Park, a stretch of reclaimed land along the southeastern coast of Singapore.

People look out to sea from a breakwater at East Coast Park, a stretch of reclaimed land along the southeastern coast of Singapore.

Photographer: Wei Leng Tay/Bloomberg

Singapore Has a S$100 Billion Plan to Survive in a Far Hotter World Than Experts Predicted

The island nation is planning for temperatures and floodwaters way higher than the Paris target suggests.

Singapore has a reputation for planning ahead. When it comes to climate change, it’s planning for the worst.

While governments around the world are struggling to meet the goals of the Paris agreement — keeping the global temperature increase to about 1.5 degrees Celsius and the rise in sea levels to less than 0.5 meters — Singapore is devising a S$100 billion ($72 billion) plan to safeguard the city against temperatures and floodwaters several times those levels.