“Swiss Climate Change 2013″ report shows warmer rivers, more mountain flora


BERN, SWITZERLAND – The “Swiss Climate Change 2013″ report published Thursday 11 April, provides some clues to the impact of a warmer climate that can now be clearly observed. Changes shown include warmer rivers as air temperatures rise, shifts in precipitation patterns, more mixed and fewer confierous forests and an increase in the number of […]

Australian PM warns of climate change with fires

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned that the country could see more extreme weather in the future due to climate changes, as dozens of wildfires burn in south-eastern regions. Gillard visited areas of Tasmania devastated by the fires Monday 7 January and said that the state of New South Wales could also […]

The graphic truth about Swiss climate change


BERN, SWITZERLAND – MeteoSwiss Tuesday made available to the public a new climate change database that provides a host of historic data on precipitation, temperature change, the seasons and other aspects of climate change in Switzerland. Some of the measurements, for certain parts of the country, can be checked back to 1864, for example, the […]

Substantial groundwater reserves identified in Africa (update)


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Africa could be sitting on 100 times more water underground than what it has on the surface, according to a British report. A report in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters says that some of the largest aquifer reserves are reportedly located under the most arid States, including Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, […]

Geneva will turn off its lights Saturday for an hour


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The city of Geneva is one of 30 in Switzerland that will join the worldwide Earth Hour project and turn out lights on public buildings Saturday 31 March from 20:30 to 21:30. This is the fourth year of Earth Hour, begun by WWF, designed to raise awareness of climate change and the […]

Rate of increase of nitrous oxide in atmosphere speeding up

Aletsch glacier, seen from the Jungfrau; Swiss researchers are tracking Alpine permafrost changes

Seventh annual Greenhouse Gas Report 3 main gases continuing to rise GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Planet Earth’s three main greenhouse gases continue to rise significantly, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. It released the seventh annual World Greenhouse Bulletin Monday 21 November, showing that N2O, nitrous oxide, is now the third most important greenhouse […]

EU commits €7 bn to R&D in “biggest ever” EC funding package


BRUSSELS, BELGIUM – The European Commission 20 July agreed to commit €7 billion to research and development, in what it says is its “biggest ever European Commission funding package”, designed to create some 174,000 jobs in the short term and another 450,000 in the long term and to stimulate  nearly  €80 billion in gross domestic […]

WWF celebrates 50 years of protecting nature


Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The WWF this week begins to celebrate its 50th birthday, kicking off with a new social network version of the four-year-old Earth Hour project to scale up hugely what is already called “the biggest environmental awareness campaign” in the world. WWF Switzerland is also celebrating 50 years: the international organization was […]

New biodiversity UN agency to mirror Geneva’s IPCC

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The new United Nations “independent platform” that was officially born 20 December, IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), “will in many ways mirror the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has assisted in catalyzing worldwide understanding and governmental action on global warming,” according to an official statement released […]

WMO raises the alarm: greenhouse gases at highest level since 1748


(video) Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The main greenhouse gases rose 1 percent from 2008 to 2009 and 27.5 percent from 1990 to 2009, the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. The higher levels reflect the “rising atmospheric burden of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide”, the three main […]