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The Alps are losing their snow

Oct 18, 2016
The Alps are losing their snow

A recently published study shows that winters are ever shorter and the amount of snow is decreasing. The main reason for long winters becoming more and more a thing of the past is the earlier spring thaw.

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Wolves once more in the firing line

Oct 20, 2016
Wolves once more in the firing line

Downgrading the protected status of the wolf, control, even wolf-free zones: these are some of the demands of the Alpine farming federations in the Alpine regions as part of the fitness check conducted on the Fauna Flora Habitat (FFH) directive. Nature conservation organisations respond.

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Rock ptarmigan may continue to nest

Jul 28, 2016
Rock ptarmigan may continue to nest

No ski lifts or pistes may be built on the mountain slopes of the Vallaccia Valley in Italy. This decision of the Lombardy Administrative Court now overturns the authorisation granted by the Italian Council of Ministers.

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Chemicals in the Alps– unwanted souvenirs

Apr 20, 2016
Chemicals in the Alps– unwanted souvenirs

Not only particulates are causing problems for people and animals: chemicals too are accumulating in the Alps. As one of the causes the outdoors industry is only gradually moving to remedy matters.

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One river, numerous desires: disagreements about the Alpine Rhine

Apr 20, 2016
One river, numerous desires: disagreements about the Alpine Rhine

A current bone of contention between different interest groups is the priority to be given to the various uses made of the Alpine Rhine: as a farming area, as a habitat for the little ringed plover and the German tamarisk, or as a drinking water reservoir. SPARE, a new European Union project for the Alpine region, will offer assistance for the holistic management of watercourses.

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SPARE – Alpine rivers as society’s lifelines

Mar 17, 2016
SPARE – Alpine rivers as society’s lifelines

What is the state of the Alpine rivers? How can we bring those responsible and other interested parties to committing themselves to holistic river management? The SPARE project strives to answer these and other questions. CIPRA and eight additional partners have launched the three-year project at a two-day meeting in Vienna in early February 2016.

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Victory and defeat for new protected areas

Mar 16, 2016
Victory and defeat for new protected areas

New protected areas are valuable for biodiversity, with many also intended to boost the local economy. There are nevertheless frequent reservations.

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Traditional nature conservation in crisis

Jan 11, 2016
Traditional nature conservation in crisis

The European Union is pushing for better implementation of its biodiversity strategy. At the same time protected areas in the Alps are being broken up, weakened or downgraded. Where is the problem?

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Strange but true...

Sep 30, 2015

Alpine glaciers are a skiing venue in the middle of summer, they supply villages and towns with drinking water and even provide a habitat for glacier fleas.

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Better protection for Alpine rivers

Sep 30, 2015
Better protection for Alpine rivers

A European legal ruling has strengthened the protection of Alpine rivers. Derogations for hydro plants or snow-making facilities are now more difficult to obtain. The politicians are up in arms.

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