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IPCC report Next decade ‘will be decisive’ for climate crisis

Keeping the Earth’s temperature rise to only 1.5 degrees Celsius is “in principle possible”, says a Swiss scientist, but time's running out.

Floods of 1868 The natural catastrophe that changed Switzerland

Exactly 150 years ago, Switzerland’s lakes and rivers broke their banks, flooding many parts of the country.

Energy innovation Why our cities aren’t as smart as they could be

Are low-consumption, high-efficiency ‘green’ technologies enough to create the kind of sustainable cities we’d like to live in?

Natural hazards An Alpine village on the frontline of climate change

Guttannen is a small and rustic village up in the Swiss Alps that exudes serenity. But this tranquil idyll is threatened by an unstable mountain.

Natural disasters Floods: images of the past help prepare for the future

A University of Bern research project aims to reinforce collective memory of floods by inviting citizens to submit their images.

Switzerland-China comparison Why current air pollution limits only tackle half the problem

A comparison of air samples from Switzerland and China suggests that setting pollution restrictions based on particle size alone may not be enough.

Hot construction How not to build your house for hot summers

Air conditioning is not very common in Swiss buildings or houses, but soon could be if hot summers like this one become the norm.