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Alpine Initiative at 25 Has Alpine rail transport come far enough?

The Alpine Initiative aimed to shift the transport of goods through the Alps from road to rail. Where do things stand, 25 years on?

The week ahead Prosecutors, Alpine traffic and ski trips

These are the stories from Switzerland we’ll be looking at during the week of February 17, 2019.

This content was published on February 17, 2019 5:00 PM

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Remote heating Energy saving made easy

If heating systems in second homes in Switzerland could be controlled remotely, a large amount of energy would be saved.

Climate change Swiss research shines light on meerkat survival odds

Swiss researchers have analysed the impact of climate change on desert-dwelling meerkats in Africa. Resilient and resourceful, Kalahari meerkats ...

This content was published on February 13, 2019 1:00 PM

Melting ice cap Swiss Polar Institute unveils climate expedition to Greenland

Fifteen projects, including six under Swiss management, have been selected for the GreenLAnd Circumnavigation Expedition (GLACE) of the Swiss ...

This content was published on February 11, 2019 4:59 PM

Vote February 10, 2019 Swiss dismiss freeze on construction zones

Voters have rejected a proposal aimed at curbing urban sprawl in Switzerland. The Green Party initiative failed to attract broad support.

Green transport Basel to replace diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles

The Swiss city of Basel has announced plans to replace its fleet of 110 buses with electric models from the Netherlands. The aim is to run its ...

This content was published on February 7, 2019 5:05 PM

Week in Numbers Tremors, watches and refugees

Here’s a round-up of the most interesting statistics to appear in the past week’s stories from Switzerland.

worrying trend New cars produce more CO2

Newly registered cars in Switzerland emitted more CO2 in 2018 than the previous year, due notably to a boom in sales of four-wheel drive vehicles.

This content was published on January 30, 2019 9:41 PM

Opinion ‘Initiative against urban sprawl is unnecessary and harmful’

The Green Party's initiative to curb urban sprawl is too radical and risks blocking further development in Switzerland, argues Hans-Ulrich Bigler.

Opinion ‘Let’s preserve the landscape we’ve inherited’

For the promoters of the "Stop urban sprawl" initiative, the freezing of building zones is necessary to preserve the heritage of future generations.