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Exploring the Economic and Health Impacts of Extreme Heat on Singapore: A Study by the National University of Singapore

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Singapore’s economy could suffer losses of more than $1.5 billion due to heat strain

A new study by the National University of Singapore has revealed that Singapore’s economic losses due to heat stress could almost double to $1.64 billion in 2035 compared to pre-pandemic levels in 2018. The study found that heat strain caused an 11.3% decrease in average productivity across Singapore’s major economic sectors in 2018, including services, construction, manufacturing, and agriculture. This decline is expected to worsen in the coming years, with productivity expected to fall by 14% in 2035.

Workers who are exposed to adverse environmental conditions, such as working under the sun or being exposed to heat from machinery, face higher productivity losses. On average, workers lose around S$21 in median income for each hot day. Project HeatSafe is the first major study in Singapore and the wider region to analyze the impact of rising temperatures on productivity and health at both individual and macroeconomic levels.

The study found that workers who are exposed to extreme heat not only affect their cognitive capacity and physical exertion but also poses a risk to the country’s already low fertility rate. As global temperatures continue to rise, countries worldwide will need to address the economic and health impacts of extreme heat. This includes implementing policies that protect workers from excessive heat exposure and investing in technology that reduces energy consumption during peak hours when temperatures are high.

Sitting by a pier during sunset in Singapore is a beautiful experience, but recent research shows that the country’s economic losses due to heat stress could almost double in value over time compared with pre-pandemic levels.

In conclusion, it is crucial for governments worldwide to take action against extreme heat exposure as it not only affects workers’ productivity but also poses a risk to public health. By taking proactive measures now, we can mitigate the negative effects of climate change on our economies and societies for generations to come.

By Samantha Jones

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