Magazine «the environment»

Magazine «the environment» 2/2020 - Natural hazards concern everyone

Switzerland has learned from the natural disasters of the past and has developed an integrated risk management approach that reduces the risks to an acceptable level. Our response to natural hazards is of a high standard and is recognised internationally.

Financial education

Sustainability in financial education and training in Switzerland

Systematic consideration of environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities is of increasing importance for financial services providers. Sustainability integration in financial education and training is still in its infancy. In collaboration with Swiss Sustainable Finance, the FOEN wants to seize this opportunity and ensure, in dialogue with the players, that sustainable finance becomes an integral part of financial education.


Teller mit Kunststoffabfall

Plastics in the environment

14.05.2020 – Plastics do not belong in the environment, nevertheless around 14,000 tonnes end up in Switzerland’s soil and waters every year.

Since it only degrade very slowly and accumulate in the environment, the amount of plastics must be reduced as far as possible in accordance with the precautionary principle.


Chlorothalonil metabolites

Chlorothalonil metabolites in groundwater: first nationwide assessment of pollution in Switzerland

12.05.2020 – Since december 2019 all degradation products (metabolites) of chlorothalonil, a plant protection product substance, are classified as relevant for drinking water. A first nationwide assessment reveals, that the concentration of several chlorothalonil metabolites exceed this limit. This in large areas of the Swiss Plateau, resulting in significant contamination.

Planetary boundaries

Is Europe living within the limits of our planet?

This report of the European Environment Agency EEA and the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN assesses selected environmental footprints for Europe based on the concept of planetary boundaries. It explores various approaches for allocating global limits to the European level.



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