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Climate challenge: reaching a global accord

Switzerland is one of more than 190 countries that agreed to a landmark climate treaty in Paris in December 2015 at the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). The agreement, which replaces the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, will come into effect in 2020. It mentions the peaking of “global average temperature to well below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels”, and pursuing efforts to limit that to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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climate change and health Studying the new viruses that emerge from melting ice

Could melting ice release potentially harmful bacteria and viruses into the atmosphere?

Climate and emissions Switzerland and EU link CO2 emissions trading schemes

Since January 1, Swiss companies have been participating in the European Union emissions trading scheme.

Climate crisis COP25: a decisive conference for the future of the planet

The international climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) will look at adopting detailed rules for implementing the Paris Agreement.

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A contentious political issue

Climate crisis Should the Swiss National Bank invest in fossil fuels?

Environmentalists’ targets include not only private banks like Credit Suisse, but also the Swiss National Bank. 

Climate crisis Why most Swiss buildings are environmentally inefficient

Buildings account for about a quarter of annual CO2 emissions in Switzerland. But progress has been slow to do more to save energy.

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Crunching the numbers

Energy Melting glaciers have little impact on Swiss hydropower

Although rapidly melting glaciers provide a temporary boost to Swiss hydropower production, their disappearance does not pose a threat.

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Biodiversity Alpine flowers fight for food and space

Global warming is affecting the range of alpine flora – creating winners and losers, says a joint study from Swiss and Austrian scientists.

Emissions monitoring Can Swiss data help catch climate cheaters?

Scientists monitoring emissions from an Alpine station want international monitors to use their data, since other reporting could be flawed.

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Aletsch’s changing environment What’s happening to Europe’s longest glacier?

The mighty Aletsch Glacier is melting at an ever-quickening pace and could almost disappear by the end of this century. The shrinking field of ice ...

World Rivers Day Snapshots of a changing alpine climate

What does global warming look like? Geography student and photographer Merlin Unterfinger has followed river courses of the Swiss Alps to document ...

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