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05.10.2017 Theorie und Praxis verknüpft: Erstes Lehrbuch zur Ökologie der Wirbeltiere

Der Wolf frisst einen Elch, der Luchs ein Reh und der Habicht einen jungen Waldkauz. Im soeben erschienenen Lehrbuch zur "Ökologie der Wirbeltiere" beantwortet Werner Suter (WSL), erstmals im deutschsprachigen Raum, derartige Fragen auf leicht verständliche Weise.

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02.10.2017 Joint research to ensure sustainable forests

Switzerland's forests are under pressure. Forestry researchers from a wide variety of institutions have now joined forces in the SwissForestLab, launched by WSL.

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28.09.2017 Climate change increases risk of spring frost at higher elevations

Paradoxically, climate change increases the risk of spring frost for trees growing at higher elevations.

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27.09.2017 Diversity effects in temperate mixed forests are modulated by stand and environmental factors

How do mixing effects change depending on the species composition of a forest stand? And is it true that trees are more likely to positively complement each other when environmental conditions are harsher?

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25.09.2017 Fungi are sensitive to a warmer climate

Climate warming will change the composition of the fungal community in the soil, especially in colder locations, like at the tree line.

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19.09.2017 Warm und schneearm: Wasserhaushalt der Schweiz 2016

Reichlich Niederschläge, Schneemangel und eine aussergewöhnliche Trockenheit im Dezember: Das war 2016 aus hydrologischer Sicht, wie WSL und BAFU aufzeigen.

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12.09.2017 Wer hat meine Raupe gefressen? Hilfe von Schulklassen gefragt

Forschende der Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL appellieren an die Hilfe von Schulklassen für ein grosses Citizen-Science Projekt. Nächsten Frühling werden sie mit Kollegen aus acht Ländern von Portugal bis Schweden Hunderte von Raupen aus Knetmasse in Eichen verstecken. Die Schnabel-, Zahn- oder Mandibelspuren, die von Räubern hinterlassen werden, verraten die Aktivität dieser Räuber abhängig von Klimabedingungen.

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11.09.2017 International Summer School in Land System Science

During a summer school focusing on land system science, a group of young scholars from around the world spent an entire week getting to grips with data, tools and models for analysing landscape patterns and processes. The studies centred on the Linth Plateau.

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29.08.2017 Biomass, a key pillar in the energy transition

Biomass has great potential in Switzerland for future heat and electricity generation and fuel production. This potential is far from being exhausted. Energy derived from wood, farm manure and waste can be stored and whenever there is no wind or sunshine.

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28.08.2017 Neu auf

Die aus Ostasien stammende, invasive Zickzack-Ulmenblattwespe wurde im Juni 2017 erstmals in der Schweiz an Bergulmen im Kanton Zürich entdeckt. Die Blattwespe kann alle Ulmenarten besiedeln.

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18.08.2017 WSL erhält Minergie Doppelzertifikat

Als erstes modernisiertes Verwaltungsgebäude im Raum Zürich erfüllen die renovierten WSL-Gebäude die Anforderungen einer Minergie P-ECO und A-ECO Zertifizierung.

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14.08.2017 Sycamore pastures, an El Dorado for mosses and lichens

WSL botanist Thomas Kiebacher found out that sycamore pastures are home to more than 500 species of mosses and lichens. Many of these species are endangered or even threatened with extinction.

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10.08.2017 Climate change - silver fir beats Norway spruce and European beech

The rapidly changing climate poses risks for the country’s forestry sector. A study shows that these risks could be mitigated by relying more on silver fir and using Norway spruce from warmer growth locations.

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08.08.2017 Klimaforschung in Grönland: WSL-Direktor informiert Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard vor Ort

WSL-Direktor Konrad Steffen informiert Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard in Grönland über die Folgen des Klimawandels in der Arktis.

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12.07.2017 How do pine trees guard against drought?

Young pine trees can adapt to artificial drought and are armed against it the following year. However, they do not actively lay down starch reserves at the expense of growth, a recent WSL study indicates.

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06.07.2017 Wo die Natur das Sagen hat

In den transkarpatischen Urwäldern hat noch weitgehend die Natur das Sagen. Eine Gruppe Schweizer Forstpraktiker mit Exkursionsleiterin Rita Bütler aus der WSL in Lausanne durfte das Wirken der Natur in Augenschein nehmen.

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03.07.2017 Arvenwald: Baumgrenze wird nicht allein durch das Klima bestimmt

Steigende Temperaturen zwingen viele Pflanzen- und Tierarten der Bergregionen zur Flucht nach oben. Doch die Ausbreitung in grössere Höhen hängt nicht allein vom Klima ab. Am Beispiel der Arve zeigen sie, dass vielmehr die ökologischen Wechselbeziehungen bestimmen, wo der Nachwuchs eines Baumes wächst.

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29.06.2017 Chamois, ibex and red deer are moving to higher ground

Climate change has prompted chamois, ibex and red deer to move their resting places to higher ground. A WSL-led team of researchers demonstrated this based on hunting data.

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28.06.2017 Landslides: Biodiversity offers protection

Landslides repeatedly cause major damage in Switzerland. A report by the WSL produced within the framework of the National Research Programme "Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource" (NRP 68) describes how soil stability can be improved long-term with relatively little input.

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08.06.2017 Unwetter 2016: Grosse Schäden auf der Alpennordseite

Unwetter verursachten im Jahr 2016 schweizweit Schäden in der Höhe von rund 100 Mio. CHF. Dies ergab die jährliche Auswertung der Unwetterschadens-Datenbank durch die WSL.

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07.06.2017 WSL Magazine Diagonal No. 1/17

Issue 1/17 of WSLs magazine Diagonal is published. It focuses on forest reserves.

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01.06.2017 Landscapes remain under pressure

Landscapes play an important role in Switzerland’s quality of life and attractiveness as a location. It remains under considerable pressure: the latest results of the Landscape Monitoring Switzerland programme reveal a continuous deterioration in the quality of the country’s landscape.

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15.05.2017 Wildfire, insect attack and windthrow in mountain forests are on the rise again

An international research team have produced a synopsis of long-term change in the forests of the Alps. Their work shows that rising timber stock in mountain forests has increased the incidence of natural disturbances.

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09.05.2017 Künstlerisch-wissenschaftliches Projekt ‚treelab‘ erhält Anerkennungspreis

Die künstlerisch-wissenschaftliche Koproduktion ‚treelab. Experiencing the impact of climate change on trees in Europe‘ von der WSL und ZHdK wurde von STARTS Prize 2017 mit dem Anerkennungspreis bedacht.

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08.05.2017 What silver fir aDNA can tell us about Neolithic forests

WSL researchers and collaborators have developed a new low-cost method to analyse genetic material from subfossilisede organisms subfossil plant and animal remains. They used it to investigate how forests reacted to the advent of farming in the New Stone Age.

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04.05.2017 And the winner is: Ein Götterbaum unter Steinbeschuss

Mit einem Kurzvideo über Steinschlagversuche im Tessin haben WSL-Forschende den SNF-Wettbewerb für wissenschaftliche Bilder in der Kategorie Video-Loops gewonnen.

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03.05.2017 Short winter marked by little snowfall and few avalanche victims

Winter 2016/17 was characterised by warm temperatures and extremely little snowfall. Many places had continuous snow cover only for a very brief period. Seven people were killed in avalanches – significantly fewer than average over a 20-year period.

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02.05.2017 Annual report 2015

The WSL annual report contains last year's highlights and relates financial information, business development and Corporate Governance.

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20.04.2017 Sihlwald: Buchenkrankheit weniger gefährlich als befürchtet

Der im vergangenen Januar im Wildnispark Zürich Sihlwald beobachtete Schleimfluss an mehreren Buchen ist nicht auf den gefährlichen und meldepflichtigen Erreger Phytophthora ramorum zurückzuführen. Biologen der WSL wiesen zwei weniger gefährlich Erreger nach, die seit langem in Schweizer Wäldern vorkommen.

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11.04.2017 Borkenkäferbefall nach wie vor auf erhöhtem Niveau

In der Schweiz starben im Jahr 2016 nach Borkenkäferbefall Fichten mit einem Gesamtvolumen von 220'000 m3 ab. In den südlichen Alpentälern und in Teilen Graubündens nahm der Buchdruckerbefall vergangenes Jahr sogar zu.

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31.03.2017 «Just film it!» - Nationaler Videowettbewerb für Jugendliche

Die WSL lanciert einen nationalen Videowettbewerb für Jugendliche. Ziel: Jugendliche für Umweltforschung begeistern und zur Kreativität anspornen. Den Gewinnern winken attraktive Geld- und Sachpreise von verschiedenen Sponsoren.

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29.03.2017 Neues Buch über 300 Waldinsekten – lehrreich, lebendig, lesenswert

Mit den 580 faszinierenden Bildern seines neuen Buches "Insekten im Wald" entführt Beat Wermelinger interessierte Laien wie Fachleute in die schillernde Welt der Sechsbeiner.

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22.03.2017 Combating Ukraine’s energy crisis with wood fuel

Ukraine’s energy crisis has worsened dramatically since its rift with Russia. Wood fuel could offer a way out of this plight. A new WSL project is now supporting research into the area.

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21.03.2017 12. Eco.naturkongress: Wasserschloss Schweiz in Gefahr

Das Schweizer Forum für nachhaltige Entwicklung widmet sich am diesjährigen Jahreskongress dem Schweizer Wasserhaushalt. Der Anlass findet am 31. März 2017 in Basel statt.

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20.03.2017 The ACE completes its voyage around Antarctica

The Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) reached Cape Town on Sunday, 19 March, completing its three-­month voyage around the great white continent.

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13.03.2017 Switzerland could generate more energy out of used wood

Switzerland is not fully exploiting a significant source of clean energy: 173,000 tonnes of used wood could be re-used producing valuable heat and power energy today, in addition to the 644,000 tonnes of used wood already being used.

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09.03.2017 Can tree rings predict volcanic eruptions?

Scientists made a surprising discovery on their mission to find better indicators for impending volcanic eruptions: it looks like tree rings may be able to predict eruptions, report the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL and the ETH Zurich.

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02.03.2017 Insects love windthrows

Storm-ravaged woodland is approximately twice as rich in insect species as undamaged forest, a WSL-led study concludes. Many endangered forest insects benefit from open forest areas.

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16.02.2017 Less snow and a shorter ski season in the Alps

A study published today in The Cryosphere, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, shows bare Alpine slopes could be a much more common sight in the future.

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08.02.2017 New species of moss discovered

A researcher from the WSL has discovered a previously unknown species of moss in the Alps - although the mosses in the region are considered to be well researched.

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25.01.2017 Natural hazards fatalities have been falling since 1946

Since 1946, events associated with natural hazards have claimed more than 1,000 human lives. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) have now compiled a database of these fatalities to analyse the development of casualty figures over time.

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18.01.2017 Arctic and Climate Change: Urgent Meeting in Davos

Growing concern prompts ‘Arctic Basecamp’ at World Economic Forum Annual Meeting calling for responsible and responsive leadership on Arctic change.

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05.01.2017 Eight European countries fight against the Asian longhorned beetle

Asian longhorned beetles (ALBs), which are harmful to many broadleaf trees, have been spotted in eight European countries to date. The city of Winterthur (Switzerland) is the first place in Europe to eradicate a large beetle infestation in just four years.

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