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Swiss climate change risks outweigh opportunities

​​​​​​​ That’s the conclusion of an unprecedented nationwide study examining the risks and opportunities for Switzerland in the context of a changing climate, the results of which were released on Tuesday. »
6 December 2017, 22:00 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Most Swiss aware of global warming threats

A majority of the Swiss population agrees that climate change is a major threat but is only willing to accept restrictions if they don’t affect the personal freedoms, according to a survey. »
29 November 2017, 17:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

‘I am counting on all youth to influence decisions in their countries’

The Swiss Youth for Climate organisation has sent a group of delegates to this week’s United Nations Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany. One of the young participants wanted to know how small island nations are being affected by a changing climate and spoke with a representative from the Seychelles to find out. »
16 November 2017, 15:00 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Most glaciers in central Switzerland to disappear by 2090

The vast majority of glaciers in central Switzerland will have totally disappeared by the end of the 21st century, a study by Fribourg University has revealed.  Around 90% of the Hüfi Glacier in the Glarus Alps mountain range in central Switzerland will have melted by 2090, according to canton Uri’s environmental protection service, which commissioned a study into the state of the region’s... »
6 October 2017, 01:00 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Climate researcher awarded top Swiss science prize

Environmental researcher Thomas Stocker has been awarded this year’s Marcel Benoist prize for his groundbreaking work on establishing the consequences of climate change. The so-called ‘Swiss Nobel Prize’ is Switzerland’s most esteemed recognition for scientific achievement. Stocker, a professor at the University of Bern, began his research into climatology in the late 1980s. »
1 September 2017, 20:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Swiss forests in a race against time

For many Swiss forests, temperatures are rising too fast. Federal engineers are preparing for woodland in the year 2080, by which point they expect Switzerland’s temperatures to have risen by four degrees Celsius. From warming poles to Alpine glaciers, the signs of climate change are increasingly obvious. Now we also need look no further than our forests. »
30 August 2017, 13:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Swiss must better prepare to ‘minimise climate change’ risks

The Federal Office for the Environment wants Switzerland to do more to prepare for climate change, as its impacts are already clearly visible – such as melting permafrost, which was partly responsible for the recent Bondo landslide. »
28 August 2017, 18:10 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Stories making the Swiss Sunday papers

Interviews with Swiss former prosecutor Carla Del Ponte about Syrian President Bachar al-Assad, Swiss President Doris Leuthard on the impact of climate change and a study on Germans living in Switzerland make up some of the headlines in Sunday’s newspapers.  In an interview in Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung, Carla Del Ponte, the former Swiss Attorney General and ex-prosecutor for the... »
13 August 2017, 14:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Swiss forests must adapt to cope with climate change

Norway spruce and European beech trees are struggling to keep pace with warmer and drier climatic conditions in Switzerland, new research shows. »
10 August 2017, 12:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Swiss president views Arctic climate change

Swiss President Doris Leuthard is in Greenland learning about the impact of climate change on the Arctic.  “It is important for me to explore closely, together with the polar scientists, what we can expect in the future,” Leuthard told the Swiss News Agency ahead of the visit. »
9 August 2017, 17:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Gruesome discoveries a sign of rapidly retreating glaciers

The finds of human remains in the Swiss Alps in recent weeks are a reminder that alpine glaciers are melting rapidly, and could disappear entirely by the end of the century.  In mid-July two frozen corpses were found in the shrinking Tsanfleuron glacier near the border between Cantons Bern and Valais, not far from the chic resort of Gstaad.  Last week, a human hand and leg were uncovered on the... »
3 August 2017, 20:00 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

‘An act of global irresponsibility’

The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement sparked indignation around the world. For internationally renowned Swiss climatologist Thomas Stocker, this will clearly complicate efforts of climate protection. »
6 June 2017, 12:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

The world’s first Swiss CO2 washing machine

Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher, who met at ETH Zurich in 2003, started research into ‘direct air capture’ in 2007. Their quest with Climeworks: to reduce negative emissions and supply to greenhouses through replacing the fossil industrial CO2, which is currently being used. »
2 June 2017, 15:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Melting polar ice ‘directly threatens business profits’

“There are no jobs, no business opportunities and no profits to be made on a dead planet.” That was the message to business executives at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, who were told their future business prospects could melt away as fast as the shrinking polar ice. »
19 January 2017, 11:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Swiss Polar Institute launches first Antarctic expedition

An international scientific voyage, comprising 60 researchers from 30 different countries, has set off from South Africa on a three-month tour of the Antarctic to study the extreme environment and impact of climate change on the Southern Ocean. »
20 December 2016, 16:30 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

A climate rulebook for uncertain times

What lies ahead following the UN climate talks in Marrakech? Delegates headed home with the knowledge that despite the Paris climate accord, the uncertain international political context meant the hard work was only just beginning. »
21 November 2016, 15:41 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

The MPs fighting to keep climate on political agendas

Not far from the official climate talks in Marrakech, a Swiss-backed coalition of 20 parliaments is discussing how to translate policy into concrete law in their home countries. »
17 November 2016, 19:10 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Will the Paris Agreement Survive?

The election of Donald Trump as the next United States president raises serious questions about the viability of the ground-breaking climate accord reached in Paris one year ago, writes political scientist, Klaus Dingwerth. Trump has been unequivocal. Global warming, he claims, is a hoax “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”. »
15 November 2016, 17:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

How Berber women are fighting desertification

The sale of oil from a drought-resistant tree has become a lifeline for a group of Berber women in Morocco. Protecting the tree to harvest the oil is also helping defend their village from the ravages of climate change. “Nadia is a fighter,” I’m warned as I’m driven up to a mountain village above the seaside resort of Agadir. »
15 November 2016, 17:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Could Trump cut purse strings for International Geneva?

Budgets for United Nations agencies and other international organisations operating out of Geneva could be in jeopardy after Donald Trump’s upset presidential election win, which has left so-called International Geneva nervous about changes to US policy and funding. »
10 November 2016, 20:40 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email