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Sleepers Swiss night trains: past, present and future

The Swiss Federal Railways is discussing re-investing in sleeper trains, reacting to a public increasingly sceptical of flying short distances.

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#WorldEnvironmentDay2019 What difference can a can make?

We’ve crunched a few numbers showing how a small country like Switzerland can have a big impact when it comes to things like cans and cigarette butts.

Energy Ranking finds Switzerland lagging on wind power

In a comparison of European solar and wind power generation, Switzerland ranks near the bottom.

This content was published on May 29, 2019 11:09 AM

Hive of activity Breeding bees in Swiss valleys

Swiss photographer and beekeeper Marc Latzel has documented a special type of bee that thrives among the Alps.

Submerged When the ‘flood of the century’ crippled Switzerland

When the “flood of the century” coursed through Switzerland 20 years ago, lakes and rivers overflowed and left a terrible mess in their wake. ...

Overshoot day WWF: Switzerland’s 2019 natural resource quota already used up

Switzerland has exhausted all the natural resources at its disposal for 2019, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

This content was published on May 7, 2019 11:01 AM

Water shortage Amid shortages, can Switzerland stay Europe’s ‘water tower’?

Switzerland is known as the "water tower" of Europe. Yet some municipalities are being forced to introduce drastic measures as water supplies dwindle.

Does my beak look big in this? Storks opt for easy life, not long flights

Last year there were over 70 young storks in Uznach, canton St Gallen in north east Switzerland. Tourists and the local stork association are ...

Carbon footprint Critics demand greater efforts to reduce CO2 output

Annual greenhouse gas emissions dropped slightly in 2017, according to the latest figures by the Swiss government’s environment agency.

This content was published on April 15, 2019 5:15 PM

Swiss traffic How non-drivers are footing the cost of cars

You might think Switzerland’s high-tech railway system would eat up most of the country’s transport budget. Think again.

Energy transition Switzerland named top global investor in energy efficiency

Switzerland has climbed a spot to second place on the latest Energy Transition Index and tops the ranking in terms of energy efficiency investments.

This content was published on March 25, 2019 10:32 AM

Climate finance Banks accused of massive fossil fuel investments

In the past three years, UBS and Credit Suisse contributed $83 billion to a $1.9 trillion flow of fossil fuel company funding, say NGOs.

Climate strikes Saving the planet and saving UBS – which is the emergency?

Young people are going on strike across Switzerland, demanding that the government declare a state of climate emergency.

Swiss initiative Could geo-engineering help reverse climate change?

Technologies that block solar radiation or remove CO2 could help tackle global warming. Switzerland is hoping the global community will explore them.

Dead trees A hot summer's impact on forests

Summer 2018 was hot and dry – with serious consequences for forests. In the Hardwald forest in northern Switzerland, you can see that many trees ...