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Switzerland: environmental organizations want alpine crossing exchange by 2010 Print E-mail
transport
Written by JS   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008

The Alpine Initiative, Greenpeace Switzerland and the WWF Switzerland demand the introduction of the alpine crossing exchange by 2010 to further promote the transfer of fright traffic from road to rail.

According to a Swiss law that expires in 2010, only 650 000 heavy good vehicles should be permitted to cross the Alps in 2009. The Swiss Council of States, however, wants this target to be achieved only by 2019, which is two years after the completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

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Austria: documentary on our planet raises awareness Print E-mail
from media
Written by JS   
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
On the occasion of the premiere of the documentary "Unsere Erde" on February 6 in Vienna, the former EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Franz Fischler appealed to the moral obligation of everyone to fight against global warming. Fischler, currently President of the Eco-Social Forum Austria, warned that one third of the world's plant species will face extinction due to climate change. 
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EU climate change and energy package Print E-mail
EU legislation on clima
Written by giu   
Monday, 11 February 2008
 

Wednesday 23 January 2008, the European Commission, as expected, submitted its legislative proposals to implement the objectives set down by the European Council of March 2007.

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Switzerland: tunnel-lift up the Jungfrau Mountain planned Print E-mail
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Written by JS   
Monday, 11 February 2008
 Recently, a literal "arm race"has begun in the Swiss Alps. Both the Klein Matterhorn and the Jungfrau Mountain shall be equipped with new spectacular plants to attract more tourists in future. The Klein Matterhorn already offers Europe's highest viewing-platform at 3883m above sea level. In future, a 117m high pyramid construction that makes the Klein Matterhorn the 77th 4000m summit in the Alps, shall bring even more tourists to this destination.
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Switzerland: glaciers continued retreating in 2007 Print E-mail
glacier
Written by JS   
Thursday, 07 February 2008

In Switzerland, the winter 2006/2007 has been the warmest since the beginning of the measurements in 1864. The depth of the snow was significantly below the long-term average.

As far as the Swiss glaciers are concerned, nearly all of them have lost length and mass. 88 glaciers out of 91 have lost length, the Glacier de Tseudet has advanced slightly and two glaciers did not change at all.

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Climate change to cause an increasing number of crop shortfalls Print E-mail
from media
Written by JS   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008

Researchers of the Stanford University recently found that by 2030, some southern regions in Africa and Asia might be threatened by a serious famine due to climate change. The researchers "converted" the crops of 12 regions of the world to the climate of 2030 as forecasted by computer simulations. The regions they observed are those with 95% of the world population that suffers from malnutrition.

According to the study, rising temperatures and increasing precipitation put the corn crop in Africa as well as the rape, peanuts and sorghum crops in Asia at risk. In general, the researchers divided the field crops in three classes.

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Climate change and biodiversity Print E-mail
studies and researches
Written by JS   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008
 In recent years, the climate change has had a major impact on Austrian ecosystems as new animal and plant species such as the wasp spider or ragweed, originally native to Mediterranean countries, have spread in Austria.  

Another example of how the rise of temperature influences the ecosystem is the spread of the mantis within Austria. This animal is generally native to the southern and eastern part of the country ever since, but has been spreading towards north and west during the last decade due to the recent rise of temperature.

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