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June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015When recreational boats are transported overland, they are often accompanied by zebra mussels, attached to the hull. This alien species, which first appeared in Switzerland in 1960, can thus invade other natural waters.

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June 25, 2015

June 25, 2015The use of fracking for gas extraction is widely opposed in Switzerland. Despite the almost complete lack of concrete projects, certain cantons have already imposed bans.

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June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015The creation of gravel islands can contribute to the success of river restoration projects, as these structures have positive effects on exchanges between groundwater and surface water.

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March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015In many regions of Asia, Africa and South America, consumption of groundwater contaminated with arsenic or fluoride causes severe health problems.

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March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015An international research team led by Eawag, Bern University and the Bern Natural History Museum has shed light on the depths of alpine and prealpine lakes.

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March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015Methane emissions are strongly reduced in lakes with anoxic bottom waters. But here – contrary to what has previously been assumed – methane removal is not due to archaea or anaerobic bacteria. A new study on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino shows that the microorganisms responsible are aerobic proteobacteria. The oxygen they require is produced in situ by photosynthetic algae.

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January 15, 2015

January 15, 2015Mandated by the Federal Council, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) is launching two National Research Programmes (NRPs) to explore the scientific and technological as well as the social and economic aspects of implementing Energy Strategy 2050.

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November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014The Swiss water economy is not optimally prepared to cope with the forthcoming changes in terms of climate and society. Nevertheless, the National Research Programme "Sustainable Water Management" (NRP 61) concludes that Switzerland will have enough water if regional collaboration is expanded, if sustainable solutions to water conflicts are found and if water protection efforts are continued.

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September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014The Swiss Federal Institute WSL, together with Eawag, has launched a new research programme: ‘Energy Change Impact’. The programme will highlight the social and environmental impact of the energy change and will show how potential conflicts can be avoided.

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June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014First Lake Brienz, and now Lake Lucerne – calls are being increasingly made for there to be more phosphorus in Lake Lucerne.

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