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2014-07-17 08:26:49

KILCHBERG, Switzerland, July 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli (Schweiz) AG and Jungfrau Railway Holding AG are teaming up. LINDT is making a trip on the Jungfrau Railway, 3,454 meters above sea level, into a sweet experience with Swiss Chocolate Heaven. The themed chocolate shop was officially opened today by none other than LINDT brand ambassador Roger Federer. The highlight was a tennis exhibition match between him and ski racing star Lindsey...

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2009-08-06 15:14:16

For centuries, inhabitants of Switzerland's largely Roman Catholic south have made a sacred vow with God, praying for protection against the advancing ice of the Great Aletsch glacier. But the citizens of these isolated mountain hamlets are now seeking permission from the pope to reverse their prayers amid fears of global warming. The vow, established in 1678, was simple: villagers of Fiesch and Fieschertal promised to lead virtuous lives in exchange for God's protection of their homes and...

2009-06-22 10:40:00

Swiss glaciers have lost a lot of ice in recent years due to increased melting. As temperatures climb, so do the fears that the glaciers could one day disappear altogether. Until now it could only be estimated approximately how big the ice volume in the Swiss Alps actually is and how it has changed in recent years. A team of scientists headed by Martin Funk, ETH-Professor at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich, however, has now developed a novel...

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2009-05-04 16:29:28

Portuguese climbers will depart next month for a three-year expedition to scale five glaciers throughout the world that have been declared heritage sites by Paris-based UNESCO.  The team hopes the journey will demonstrate the impact of global warming, according to an AFP report quoting the leader of the Ice Care project. The team, consisting of two climbers and an environmental engineer, will ascend Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Jungfrau in Switzerland, Huascaran in Peru, Ilulissat in...

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2007-08-18 15:15:00

BETTMERALP, Switzerland - Hundreds of naked people formed a "living sculpture" on Switzerland's Aletsch glacier Saturday, hoping to raise awareness about climate change. The photo shoot by Spencer Tunick, the New York artist famous for his pictures of nude gatherings in public settings worldwide, was designed to draw attention to the effects of global warming on Switzerland's shrinking glaciers. "The melting of the glaciers is an indisputable sign of global climate change," said the...

2006-03-17 00:25:00

By Laura MacInnis VERBIER, Switzerland -- Global warming may be the last thing on the minds of extreme skiers speeding down the blustery cliff faces at Verbier-4 Vallees this winter. But looking down from the chic Swiss ski resort's 10,800-foot peak, Eric Balet, whose company runs the ski lifts, says climate change has become a business concern. The Tortin glacier topping Verbier used to stretch to the base of ski lifts and other paths, but Balet now has to use heavy machinery every autumn to...


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