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High Level Political Forum of the United Nations

Speech by Federal Councillor, Doris Leuthard, for the General Debate in the context of the High Level Political Forum of the United Nations in New York, 16 July 2018. »
17 July 2018, 17:40 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Securing Switzerland's living and economic environment: PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards PLANAT updates strategy on natural hazards

The Federal Council has taken note of the updated strategy by the National Platform for Natural Hazards PLANAT on July 4th 2018. The 2018 strategy "Management of risks from natural hazards" considers current boundary conditions such as higher incidence of extreme weather events and increasing utilisation of our living environment. »
6 July 2018, 02:00 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Peatland Protection Equals Efficient Climate Protection

Is there a cost-efficient way to curb climate stress caused by land use? Globally, peatlands store twenty per cent of all the carbon lying untapped in the soil – despite the fact that they account for less than three per cent of the Earth’s land mass. New findings from Agroscope show that peatland protection is a highly efficient climate-protection measure. »
7 June 2018, 17:01 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

At the «Top of Europe» for greenhouse gas measurements

The research station at Jungfraujoch is at the top of Europe – and not only because of its unique location. Within the framework of the European research infrastructure "Integrated Carbon Observation System" (ICOS), the laboratory in the heart of the Alps is now officially certified. ICOS provides data to better understand the global carbon cycle and how human activities affect it. »
1 June 2018, 02:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Nine in one swoop

Atmospheric pollutants put a strain on the environment and harbor health hazards for humans. The Empa spin-off MIRO Analytical Technologies developed a technology to simultaneously analyze nine greenhouse gases and pollutants with only one device and at an unprecedented speed and precision. »
18 May 2018, 22:30 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Environmental aspects in financial market policy: good momentum and ongoing work

Ecological sustainability in financial business has become even more important. During its meeting on 16 March 2018, the Federal Council was informed of the corresponding national and international developments and the Confederation's commitment. »
17 March 2018, 01:30 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

A thermometer for the oceans

The average sea temperature is an essential parameter of the global climate – but it is very difficult to measure. At least until now, because an international team of researchers including Empa scientists have now developed a novel method using the concentration of noble gases in the eternal ice. »
4 January 2018, 14:40 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Cyanobacteria in lakes: risks linked to loss of diversity

The composition of cyanobacterial communities in peri-alpine lakes has become increasingly similar over the past century. Climate warming and a period of eutrophication have favoured in particular potentially toxic species which can adapt rapidly to environmental changes. These are the findings of an Eawag-led study analysing DNA extracted from sediment cores. »
11 December 2017, 19:00 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Instrument of ratification deposited: Paris climate agreement to enter into force for Switzerland on 5 November 2017

Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification in New York on 6 October 2017, making it an official party to the Paris Agreement. The agreement will come into effect for Switzerland 30 days later, on 5 November 2017. One of the agreement's main objectives is to maintain the increase in global temperatures well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. »
6 October 2017, 23:00 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Taking the atmosphere’s pulse

Compared to the preindustrial era, the carbon dioxide concentration (CO2) in the atmosphere has risen to nearly a 1.5-fold higher concentration in 2016, and it continues to rise. As part of the Global Atmosphere Watch programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), more than 50 nations are jointly monitoring greenhouse gases such as CO2, methane and nitrous oxide. »
28 August 2017, 11:10 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

President Leuthard to travel to Denmark and Greenland and to Expo 2017

President Doris Leuthard will travel to Denmark for a working meeting with Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen on Monday, 7 August. She will then travel to Greenland to hear about the impact of climate change in the Arctic from the local authorities and Swiss polar scientists. »
2 August 2017, 15:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Natural disasters and climate-related risks: Switzerland appeals for closer links between disaster risk reduction, climate change and development cooperation

Natural disasters and climate-related risks threaten to reverse hard-won gains in development. These and other challenges were the focal point of the fifth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, which took place from 22 to 26 May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico. »
26 May 2017, 18:00 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Switzerland obtains observer status in the Arctic Council

At its ministerial meeting held on 11 May 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska, the Arctic Council granted Switzerland observer status. As an observer, Switzerland can now contribute expert knowledge to the Council at the level of working groups, particularly in the interdisciplinary area of climate change research. »
12 May 2017, 13:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Switzerland and Peru stress new opportunities in bilateral relations

On Friday, 21 April, President Doris Leuthard met with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. They agreed to deepen bilateral relations and set out suitable areas in a joint presidential declaration. Furthermore during the presidential visit, SECO’s country strategy for 2017-2020 was launched and an agreement was signed on the ‘Better Gold Initiative’. »
22 April 2017, 19:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Nominations for the 2017 Alpine architecture prize

For the fourth time, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein are holding the 'Constructive Alps' architecture competition. It honours buildings in the Alps whose sustainable construction is truly outstanding. Of the 30 projects nominated by the jury as best meeting the competition criteria, ten are in Switzerland. The competition offers total prize money of EUR 50,000. »
15 March 2017, 18:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Environmental aspects in financial market policy: Federal Council is informed of progress made

Sustainability is important also for the financial markets. During its meeting on 3 March 2017, the Federal Council was informed about the relevant national and international developments in the area of environmental sustainability in financial market policy and the Confederation's commitment. »
3 March 2017, 14:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Contest for the Alpine-wide Architecture Prize for Sustainable Construction and Renovation “Constructive Alps 2017”

For the fourth time overall, Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein will award the International “Constructive Alps” Prize for sustainable architecture. The contest aims at honouring the most outstanding sustainable construction and sustainable renovation projects, in accordance with the principles of sustainable architecture across the Alps. »
5 November 2016, 01:10 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Adapting to climate change – a major challenge for forests

Climate change means that trees germinating today will be living in a much-altered climate by the time they reach middle age. The espected changes are likely to hit them hard and threaten key forest functions in the decades ahead. However, appropriate management shall enable to increase the forest habitat's adaptability. »
31 October 2016, 23:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard’s working visit to China focuses on environmental and energy policy

During a working visit to Beijing, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard held talks with the vice president and several ministers in the Chinese government for talks on Wednesday and Thursday. Ms Leuthard and Transport Minister Yang Chuantang agreed on closer cooperation to improve road safety. »
12 August 2016, 23:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard welcomes Solar Impulse in Abu Dhabi

On Tuesday 26 July, Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard welcomed the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse as it completed its round-the-world flight in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). She also congratulated the initiators and pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg on behalf of the Federal Council. »
26 July 2016, 18:10 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email