Plastics

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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.

Climate change abroad

New publication: Climate change abroad – risks and opportunities for Switzerland

19.02.2020 – As an internationally networked country, Switzerland is indirectly affected by the consequences of climate change abroad. The FOEN publication «Climate change abroad - risks and opportunities for Switzerland» shows how global climate change is affecting Switzerland.

Environment in Europe

The Environment in Europe – State and Outlook 2020

04.12.2019 – The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published its report “The Environment in Europe – State and Outlook 2020 (SOER 2020)”. Europe is facing sustained problems in areas such as loss of biodiversity, resource use, effects of climate change and environmental risks to health and well-being.

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