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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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