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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

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard: “We mustn’t wait: we must act now on climate change!”

Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard has signed the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Switzerland at an official ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Ms Leuthard, head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC, called the agreement “a solid basis for innovation and new technologies, and so for a low-emission economy”. »
22 April 2016, 23:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Doris Leuthard to sign Paris climate agreement in New York

On 22 April Federal Councillor Leuthard will be in New York to sign the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of Switzerland at an official ceremony to be held at the United Nations Headquarters. The Paris Climate Agreement regulates international climate policy for the period beyond 2020. »
19 April 2016, 22:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Civil aviation: Doris Leuthard signs an agreement with Indonesia

Today, Switzerland and Indonesia concluded a bilateral civil aviation agreement in Jakarta. Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard, who is currently on an official working visit in Indonesia, initialled the text of the agreement together with Indonesian Minister of Transport, Ignasius Jonan. The agreement intensifies cooperation between the two countries in the civil aviation sector. »
31 March 2016, 16:40 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

International financial bodies discuss sustainability issues: Federal Council defines Switzerland's role

The topic of sustainability in connection with financial market policy is currently gaining in importance both in Switzerland and globally. The impact of climate change and other environmental aspects on the stability of the financial system is currently being discussed in international financial bodies such as the G20. »
24 February 2016, 16:20 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Negotiations on linking of Swiss and EU emission trading schemes concluded

Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union (EU) on linking their emissions trading schemes have concluded. »
25 January 2016, 18:40 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

Federal government establishes network for climate services

How can we draw on existing knowledge about the climate as part of the decision-making process? The National Centre for Climate Services NCCS helps government departments, politicians, the business sector and society to recognise the risks and opportunities. This in turn enables the risks to be reduced, opportunities to be exploited and costs to be optimised. »
16 November 2015, 20:30 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email

“Addressing insecurity and the consequences of disasters through prevention”

Luxembourg, 05.11.2015 – Address by the Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter on the occasion of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) - Check against delivery. »
5 November 2015, 16:50 - admin.ch - Search similar - Email