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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

Benefits of reducing emissions go beyond climate

A new report by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) highlights the economic and social opportunities that climate change adaptations can bring.  The report’s main message is twofold: firstly, climate change is felt especially keenly by alpine ecosystems, where warming is double the global average. »
8 November 2016, 00:50 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Marrakech: devil lies in detail for Swiss

Swiss negotiators in Marrakech will strive to reach agreement on “robust and efficient” regulations for the Paris accord, the global treaty to combat climate change. But non-governmental organisations say more funding is needed for poor countries to fight global warming. »
7 November 2016, 12:31 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Grandmothers sue Switzerland in climate complaint

A group of 459 elderly women has sued the Swiss government over its alleged failure to take the necessary measures to combat climate change. This form of citizens’ involvement is new for Switzerland. They claim that older women in particular suffer from the effects of climate change, including long heat waves. »
25 October 2016, 23:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

The ‘ambitious but realistic’ aims of Swiss climate policy

Switzerland plans to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in relation to 1990 levels. To reach this target, the government has launched the consultation period for three climate projects. Environmental organisations have been quick to say Switzerland is not doing enough. »
2 September 2016, 00:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Global warming to bring heavier rains to Switzerland

Researchers from Italy and Switzerland have developed a new climate change model that predicts up to 30% more precipitation during peak summer storms nationwide. »
12 July 2016, 21:11 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

A Swiss role beyond carbon cutting

Since the Swiss are responsible for only 0.1% of today’s global greenhouse gas emissions, Switzerland’s real contribution to the global warming fight may be the wealth and technology that it could contribute to help other countries deal with the effects of climate change. »
21 June 2016, 13:20 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email

Scenarios: The Swiss landscape in 100 years

Switzerland’s essential alpine character stands little chance of surviving predicted man-made global warming, even if the Paris agreement succeeds in putting the world on a low-carbon diet. Top scientists predict no more glaciers, more frequent rockslides and browner landscapes. They envision hotter summers, fewer ski areas and more thunderstorms on the horizon. »
22 April 2016, 16:30 - swissinfo - Search similar - Email