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14.08.2017: Sycamore pastures, an El Dorado for mosses and lichens
Sycamore pastures

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
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
Klimaforschung in Grönland: WSL-Direktor informiert Bundespräsidentin Doris Leuthard

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?
Pine trees and drough

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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03.07.2017: Arvenwald: Baumgrenze wird nicht allein durch das Klima bestimmt
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
Ungluates and climate change

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 and biodiversity

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.

08.06.2017: Unwetter 2016: Grosse Schäden auf der Alpennordseite
Unwetterschäden 2016

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
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 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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