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The “Stop Fracking” group in Bern submits a popular initiative calling for a cantonal ban on gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing. (Photo: Green Party Bern)
June 25, 2015

The 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. Read more

Anne-Marie Kurth at the field site on the restored Chriesbach stream (Canton Zurich): in the method developed by the Eawag researcher, a fibre-optic cable buried in the streambed is used for temperature measurement. (Foto: Andri Bryner)
June 23, 2015

The 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. Read more

Safe drinking water: fluoride is removed by a community filter installed in the Ethiopian village of Wayo Gabriel. (Photo: Eawag)
March 18, 2015

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

Sampling on Lake Sils. (Photo: Eawag, Michael Goguilly)
March 18, 2015

An 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. Read more

Sampling was performed from a platform on Lake Cadagno in Canton Ticino (southern Switzerland). (Photo: Jana Milucka, MPI-Bremen)
March 3, 2015

Methane 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. Read more

Research for the energy turnaround (Photo: Alma Derungs/BAFU)
January 15, 2015

Mandated 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. Read more

November 4, 2014

The 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. Read more

Energiewende Schweiz: Die Folgen für Umwelt und Gesellschaft?
September 1, 2014

The 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. Read more

June 19, 2014

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

Wehr und Kraftwerksanlage am Luzerner Mühleplatz  (A. Peter)
May 21, 2014

This year, with over 200 events in more than 40 countries, the international day of fish migration is being celebrated for the first time ever. Even the city of Lucerne is crossed by migrating fish. Read more