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Switzerland needs to prepare better for the effects of climate change

National News // Aug. 29, 2017

Switzerland needs to do more to prepare for the effects of climate change. That’s the conclusion by the Federal Office for the Environment.

pexels Switzerland needs to prepare better for the effects of climate change

The office says the country is experiencing faster rising temperatures that the global average – more than 2% since 1864. The average is just slightly less than 1%.

It’s thought thawing permafrost could partly explain the devastating landslide in the Graubünden village of Bondo, which killed eight.

The Environment office says the country should not only cut greenhouse emissions, but also be prepared to minimize risks.

It highlights initiatives by canton Basel to encourage the use of rain water and plans by French speaking cantons which has lowered mortality rates during heatwaves.

 

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