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The Daily Paradox: Time for the Dome?

Two events of related significance are happening at the same time. One is the climate. South East Asia is getting hotter. So are many other parts of the world. The heat acceleration in ASEAN is faster at the moment – due to the El Niño–Southern Oscillation – than in most other places. At the same time Singapore, with its last half century of incredible progress, is looking for its next world-surprising WOW.

Is it time we built a dome over the island?

The suggestion is not new.  Modern Singapore’s Founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, talked of it as a sometime-possibility many years ago. Others have mentioned it occasionally since. Initially, the question of how to accommodate the airport worried the minds of citizens. Happily they now realise that the question is irrelevant – of course the airport wouldn’t be domed. In fact, the Singapore dome would be quite discretionary and applied initially to the main city and high-density population areas with the option to extend it. Nature reserves would be outside it for as long as they were still viable.

The dome would be openable to allow external air and rain from time to time.

The rise in sea levels is also likely to be a problem for Singapore at some time in the future. Defences against this have already been built in certain places. A dome structure that combined a sea wall is technically feasible now. It would be built in such a way that it served as an energy absorber, a wave-surge power generator and a water conduit for both conservation and control. The water course itself would be a further source of energy.

Wouldn’t it be too expensive for Singapore? They said that of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system which is now extensive and still developing. They said it of a national health service and yet in the past five years Singapore has developed a totally sustainable medical system which all citizens benefit from without the waste associated with plans mistakenly described as ‘free at the point of delivery’. They said it of a pandemic-control programme that was disciplined without being brutal. They said it of a democratic model which today works better than anywhere else in the world.

Singapore has positioned itself as a creative and innovative hub. Its social, management and development initiatives justify such a claim. What would be a more compelling instance of such leadership than a practical and clever way to beat climate change?

Moreover, I believe many people would want a modest investment in such a novel and ground-breaking approach to the Century of Conflagration. Singapore is already an international banker of probity and skill. With careful management, many people of enterprise around the world could have a Sunslate on the Roof of Survival. I will certainly want a few Singapore solar panels in my portfolio. I believe others will, too.

To be a small part of a big leap forward in humanity’s next world development will appeal to many. It will certainly encourage those who do so to visit their investment and bask in the natural air-cooled balm of a temperate climate.

We could wait for a few years but “There is a tide in the affairs of humans…”

And the tide has arrived.

Good morning
John Bittleston

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29 April 2024