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  • Verteilung von Nothilfe an Hirtenfamilien in Borena im Juli 2022 durch die Schweizer Stiftung Menschen für Menschen. Die Familien wurden durch die aktuelle Dürre zu Klimaflüchtlingen.

    Climate change will force hundreds of millions of people to flee their homes

    The fact that people are already having to flee because of climate change, and will have to do so much more often in the future, is still far too little understood by the general public, says Christian Huggel in the programme "Echo der Zeit". Many people are not yet fully aware of the scale of the problem: "By 2050, it is estimated that one billion people will be exposed to rising sea levels."

  • Spitzer Stein oberhalb Kandersteg. (Amt für Wald und Naturgefahren des Kantons Bern)

    Is the battle against climate change lost?

    Veruska Muccione researches strategies for adapting to climate change. And she warns against relying on them alone: "Their effectiveness decreases with increasing warming." But conservative politicians are calling for less climate protection and more and better adaptation to the heat.

  • Klimaflucht

    Fleeing climate disasters

    Climate change is expected to become one of the main reasons for migration in the future. And the poorest will be hit hardest. Christian Huggel and Maria J. Santos analyze which regions are particularly under threat and how to best manage mass relocations.

  • Veruska Muccione

    «Wir wiegen uns in falscher Sicherheit»

    Veruska Muccione, Klima­wissen­schaftlerin an der UZH und Leit­autorin des sechsten UNO-Klima­berichts, spricht über die Folgen des Klima­wandels in der Schweiz, mangelndes Problem­bewusstsein und darüber, was sie trotz allem hoffnungs­voll macht.

  • Christian Huggel in «10 vor 10»

    Klimakonferenz COP27: Wer bezahlt die Folgen von Klimaschäden?

    «Loss and damage», also Verluste und Schäden stehen im Zentrum der 27. UNO-Klimakonferenz. Werden sich die Industrienationen grosszügig zeigen? Die Mutter aller Probleme der COP sei die Ge­rechtig­keit, sagt Christian Huggel im Gespräch mit SRF News.

  • Longer, hotter and more frequent heat waves in Cities like Geneva.

    Longer, Hotter and More Frequent Heat Waves in Swiss Cities

    Hot days followed by sweltering nights without any temperature relief in between might become a new norm towards the end of the 21st century. Researchers from the Department of Geography have analyzed the frequency, intensity and length of such extreme events for five Swiss cities. 

  • Parlamentsdienste

    Climate and biodiversity: Parliament meets science

    The Swiss Parliament discussed the challenges of the climate and biodiversity crisis with researchers on May 2. GIUZ researchers Veruska Muccione, Cornelia Krug and Christian Huggel were participating.

  • Mit der Erwärmung des Klimas werden extreme Hitze- und Dürreereignisse immer häufiger und länger.

    Extreme Heat and Drought Events Require More Systematic Risk Assessment

    Simultaneous extreme heat and drought events have consequences in a variety of areas – for example the economy, health and food production. In addition, due to complex socio-economic connections, such extreme events can cause knock-on effects, researchers at the Departement of Geography have shown. More systematic risk assessments are needed to make affected regions more resilient.

  • Rhonegletscher

    IPCC Report: Taking action now can secure our future

    Today, the new report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability was presented. Christian Huggel and Veruska Muccione from GIUZ contributed as lead authors.