Swiss Academies Factsheets

Scientific experts contribute to the publication series “Factsheets” of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Factsheets are short and concise presentations of a topic based on state-of-the-art research. They are designated for politics, administration, practice, education, media and further interested groups.

  • Publication series

Titelbild Governance
  • 2018

Governance of regional development

Regional development is a mainstay of Swiss domestic policy, as evidenced by the federal government’s New
Regional Policy, regional nature parks, and more. But how do regional development processes really work? And how could they be more effectively supported?
Reverse emissions or influence solar radiation: Is “geoengineering” worthwhile, feasible and if so, at what price?
  • 2018

Reverse emissions or influence solar radiation: Is “geoengineering” worthwhile, feasible and if so, at what price?

The aim of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, if possible even 1.5 degrees Celsius. Various scenarios show that very great efforts are necessary to achieve these goals through emission reduction measures alone. This motivates the search for additional solutions. Technical interventions in the climate system, often referred to by collective terms such as “geoengineering” or “climate intervention”, are therefore discussed.
Wildlife and humans in outdoor recreational areas near cities
  • 2018

Wildlife and humans in outdoor recreational areas near cities

Outdoor recreational areas in the vicinity of cities buzz with activity, not only during the day, but also in the early mornings, late evenings, and even at night.
Factsheet «New approaches for protecting potatoes against late blight»
  • 2018

New approaches for protecting potatoes against late blight

Late blight continues to result in major losses and a considerable use of pesticides in potato farming. Research is under pressure to improve existing control strategies and develop new solutions. A combination of these approach- es could enable potato farming in Switzerland to generate greater yields and become more ecological.
Wasser in der Schweiz
  • 2017

Wasser in der Schweiz

Wasser ist in der Schweiz selten knapp und meistens gesundheitlich unbedenklich. Durch neue Konsummuster, die Klimaänderung und energiepolitische Entscheidungen verändern sich sowohl die Verfügbarkeit wie die Nutzung des Wassers.
Spotlight on climate in Switzerland. Briefly explained
  • 2017

Spotlight on climate in Switzerland

The average surface temperature of the Earth has seen extraordinarily large increases since the middle of the 20th century – and we know why. It is primarily we humans who change the earth’s energy balance by releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Because of the particular sensitivity of its natural systems to climate change, Switzerland has a vested interest in a quick and comprehensive shift by the international community to a carbon-neutral economy and lifestyle.
Schnee, Gletscher, Permafrost
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Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences