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Week in Numbers Counting birds and surprise snowfall

Here’s a round-up of some of the most interesting statistics to appear in the news stories by swissinfo.ch published over the past week.

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.

Environment Nations meet in Geneva to regulate plastic waste trade 

Officials from over 180 states have gathered in Geneva to discuss how to better manage the global trade in recyclable plastic.

Humanitarian rodents Rats save lives in landmine-infested areas

Rats aren't always popular, but they can be trained to do dangerous, life-saving work.

climate protection Popular initiative ‘for the glaciers’ launched

The popular initiative to anchor climate protection in the constitution and eliminate greenhouse gases received the green light to collect signatures.

This content was published on April 30, 2019 7:50 PM

Data protection Controversial Tesla police car fleet ready for patrol duty

The police force of the Swiss canton of Basel City will be putting two of its new Tesla electric cars on patrol from this weekend.

This content was published on April 26, 2019 2:45 PM

Corpse flower A big smelly beauty blooms in Zurich

At the University of Zurich’s botanical garden, people are lining up to see – and smell – the largest flowering plant in the world.

This content was published on April 26, 2019 2:11 PM

Eco trend The rise of zero-waste shops in Switzerland

Zero waste is about not wasting food and resources and avoiding plastic packaging if possible. We visited a zero-waste shop in Bern to find out more.

Agriculture How good is organic food for nature?

Organic food is booming and it's good for the environment and biodiversity. However, organic farming requires more space to produce the same ...

Waste management Geneva bans sale of single-use plastic on public land

Starting in 2020, the city of Geneva will prohibit the sale of disposable plastics at events as well as at sales points on public property.

This content was published on April 23, 2019 7:57 AM

NGO investigation Syngenta slammed for hazardous pesticide profits

A UN representative is demanding action following reports that Swiss crop science company Syngenta is selling highly hazardous pesticides abroad.

This content was published on April 17, 2019 2:52 PM

Mitholz report Alpine ammunition storage site deemed intolerable

The government environment agency has confirmed that a former ammunition stockpile at Mitholz is an unacceptable risk for the local population.

This content was published on April 15, 2019 8:23 PM

Mining in the DRC ‘Phones come at the price of shattered health and environment’

​​​​​​​A Congolese nun, lawyer and civil rights activist takes on mining giant Glencore on its home turf.

Transalpine tailbacks Holiday traffic jams build at Gotthard tunnel

The start of the Easter holidays in many Swiss cantons is causing long tailbacks at the Gotthard tunnel in central Switzerland.

This content was published on April 13, 2019 6:34 PM