An article by Feng Zengkun, The Straits Times.

Singapore has started an ambitious five-year project to measure its own carbon footprint, as well as the mitigating effect of the island’s greenery.

The authorities want to develop a monitoring system that tracks how much trees, soil and possibly even the grass help to reduce greenhouse gases.

An accurate inventory is needed since international groups, using different calculating techniques, have come up with widely fluctuating emissions figures.

To make sure the system passes muster, the National Parks Board has roped in the National Institute of Education (NIE) and theAustrian Natural Resources Management and International Cooperation Agency (Anrica). Anrica, which comprises several Austrian government agencies and private firms, focuses on climate change and rural redevelopment issues.

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