Around 260 regional and international scientists, policy-makers, students and representatives from various sectors attended a recent workshop on climate change held in Singapore.

Jointly organised by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Singaporean Government, the functionaimed to share the latest research findings on climate change and its impact on Southeast Asia to boost dialogue between parties involved in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to latent impact of this phenomenon.

Addressing the event, Singaporean Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishnan stressed the need to update information about the climate system and its impact on the livelihood of the people and the region’s security as Southeast Asia is extremely vulnerable to climate change.

Experts agreed that climate change can bring in big business opportunities, including investment in solar energy.

The IPCC was set up in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organisation and the UN Environment Programme. It has provided policy-makers with assessments on all aspects of climate change and its impact, with a view to formulating realistic response strategies.

Its fifth assessment report will be released in October.-VNA