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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 performance Swiss climate policy: praised abroad, attacked at home

According to an international ranking, Switzerland is one of the best-performing nations in the fight against global warming.

Climate consequences Hot summer has mixed effect on Swiss fields

The hot, dry summer in Switzerland was a boom for sunflowers but a bust for soya and grain maize. 

This content was published on December 19, 2018 8:53 PM

Environmental protection Parliamentarians reject proposal to tax plane tickets

The idea of introducing a climate tax on plane tickets in Switzerland has failed to win support.

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A contentious political issue

COP24 Climate talks open amid post-Paris polemics

Three years after sealing a landmark global climate deal in Paris, world leaders are gathering again in Poland to agree on the fine print.

4-6 degrees Celsius Swiss National Bank must rethink emissions-heavy investments

Climate Alliance Switzerland has called for a “stress test” of the Swiss financial system and given recommendations for protecting it and the climate.

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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.

This content was published on September 6, 2018 3:31 PM

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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