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Snow machines and fleece blankets: inside the ski industrys battle with climate change

The long read: Hundreds of ski resorts now stand abandoned across the Alps. But some scientists believe they have found a way to keep snow on the ground and that it could help vulnerable communities all over the world When the French entrepreneur Jacques Mouflier visited the remote Alpine village of Val dIsre in 1935, he saw the future before him. A miracle is going to happen, Mouflier told his young son, as he gestured towards the mountains encircling the village. Ski champions from every country will come to compete…

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‘Things are getting unstable’: global heating and the rise of rockfalls in Swiss Alps

As Switzerlands glaciers melt, dangerous rockfalls become more likely and towns are forced to live under an existential threat The thunderous roar that resounded through Bregaglia in Switzerland last month was familiar to its residents. Once again, rocks were falling off the face of the Piz Cengalo mountain. Fernando Giovanoli, the vice-mayor of Bregaglia. Photograph: Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom   You hear it, and you know immediately what it is. Then you see all the dust, says Fernando Giovanoli, the communes deputy president. He had seen the rockfall from his mountainside home…

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Inside Copenhagens race to be the first carbon-neutral city

Green growth and hedonistic sustainability have helped keep the public on board as the Danish capital seeks to reach its goal by 2025 and so far its all going according to plan We call it hedonistic sustainability, says Jacob Simonsen of the decision to put an artificial ski slope on the roof of the 485m Bjarke Ingels, its lead architect, hope will enhance the latest jewel in Copenhagens sustainability crown. The incinerator building also incorporates hiking and running trails, a street fitness gym and the worlds highest outdoor climbing wall,…

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Adults failed to take climate action. Meet the young activists stepping up

Some are calling climate change this generations civil rights movement. These are the young activists resulting the charge Despite being scarcely two years old, the Sunrise Movement has outpaced established environmental groups in the push to radically reshape the political landscape around climate change. Closely allied with new congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youth-led Sunrise Movement has helped set out a sweepingly ambitious plan to address climate change in the shape of the Green New Deal. The movement comprises a small core team of young organizers, supported by a larger group…

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Uruguay makes dramatic shift to nearly 95% electricity from clean energy

In less than 10 times the country has slashed its carbon footprint and lowered electricity costs, without government subsidies. Representatives at the Paris summit can learn a lot from its success As the enacted groundbreaking marijuana legalisation, pioneered stringent tobacco control, and introduced some of the most liberal policies in Latin America on abortion and same-sex matrimony. Now, it is being recognised for progress on decarbonising its economy. It has been praised by the World Bank and the Nations economic commission for The countries of latin america and the Caribbean,…

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