A Singapore policy document on green growth published in March also provides a framework for Singapore to show its commitment to sustainable development.
The document’s logic is clear: “as close as possible to the capital of a specific country, we now devote a considerable amount of government time and resources to promoting sustainable development, especially in its areas of most importance such as climate change, biodiversity, water resources and climate resilience,” Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
The green economy follows on from the green economy — Singapore has a policy on smart growth that emphasizes economic growth that is locally distinct, not financially speculative or environmentally damaging. Singapore advocates a number of green products — environmental tech and services, green energy, green tourism and green transportation.
The policy identifies areas where it can link up a country’s environmental and social policies with growth-inducing policies. There is clear support for cities that already have already embarked on sustainable development, while there is a focus on areas that are somewhat vulnerable.
Why green transportation? In the environment-friendly future Singapore wants to promote: “locally-cultivated, low-carbon transportation.”
Weigh in on open data: The greener your apps, the better your data
Reuters photographer David Gray was inspired to draw attention to the lack of environmental images on China’s flagship smart phone, the Huawei Mate X, after observing that its photo app had some pretty the wrong color.
The deputy general director of risk management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which designed the image app, said that he put “a lot of thought” into the coloring.
“In comparison to others, red is not very vibrant. But you still get the overall perspective.”
The filters we use on our smartphones are mostly invisible. | Photo by Christopher Furlong
The film’s Director Dan Primack was more than skeptical about its color accuracy. “Rich industry [institutions] have a tendency to categorize people by a color — almost like making them respond to ink colors,” he wrote.
But photos like these are no accident. The digital transformation of society is already driven by methods and technologies that rely on filtering without the images themselves.
People around the world download the app, which transmits picture and video content to a digital camera without using a specific image-processing technique.