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Living heritage of Switzerland

22.10.2014: Switzerland is to submit two of its cultural practices, namely the seasonal migration of livestock to high mountain pastures and managing avalanche danger, for inscription in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. More

A new national plant protection laboratory

20.10.2014: Pests that pose a threat to our trees and plants can now be studied more safely than ever before, ...

Biodiversity does not always improve resistance of forests to drought

01.10.2014: Due to climate change, parts of the world will face droughts that will affect forest health.

Switzerland’s energy change

01.09.2014: WSL and EAWAG have launched a new research programme: ‘Energy Change Impact’.

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How WSL research is contributing to the energy transition

The Swiss authorities have decided to phase out nuclear energy, with the idea being that alternative energy sources will fill the gap. However, the implications of this move are still unclear. Against this backdrop, the WSL is investigating what impact the energy transition could have on the environment and society.

Nutrient discharges increasing pressure on ecosystems

Nutrient discharges increasing pressure on ecosystems

Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that are crucial to supporting life. However, an increased level of nutrient discharges is altering the equilibrium between these nutrients and exerting stress on ecosystems. The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) is investigating nutrient cycles with a view to understanding how they affect the dynamic processes of nature.

Invasive species: friend or foe?

Invasive species: friend or foe?

Globalisation means that the world has grown small for both us humans and other creatures. New animal and plant species are constantly migrating to Switzerland or are introduced from other continents via a variety of routes.

RAMMS - RApid Mass Movement System

RAMMS - RApid Mass Movement System

Avalanches, debris flows and rockfalls are everyday occurrences in the mountains. RAMMS is a software package that allows these natural hazard processes to be evaluated and facilitates an assessment of the influences of protective measures.

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