Swiss Academies Factsheets

Swiss academies factsheets

Scientific experts contribute to the publication series “Factsheets” of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Factsheets are short and concise presentations of a topic based on state-of-the-art research. They are designated for politics, administration, practice, education, media and further interested groups.

  • Publication series

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries
  • 18.05.2016

Making the Commodity Sector Work for Developing Countries - Local Impacts, Global Links, and Knowledge Gaps

Switzerland occupies an important position in the global trade of hard and soft commodities. Companies headquartered within its borders directly or indirectly shape commodity extraction practices around the world, some of which carry considerable negative environmental and social risks on the ground, particularly in fragile contexts. Minimizing these risks and maximizing shared economic gains could enable mutually beneficial development and counteract persistent social and political inequality.
Switzerland  and the Commodities Trade
  • 17.02.2016

Switzerland and the Commodities Trade - Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

This factsheet outlines key challenges, knowledge gaps, and research questions centring on Switzerland’s role and potential responsibility as a leading commodity hub. It concludes with suggestions of possible avenues for future research and policy.
Health and global change in an interconnected world - Concerns and responsibilities for Switzerland
  • 30.11.2015

Health and global change in an interconnected world - Concerns and responsibilities for Switzerland

Current anthropogenic pressures on the biosphere are historically unprecedented. These complex and far-reaching changes are disrupting many of the Earth’s systems, cycles and feedback mechanisms, leading to adverse impacts and threatening the foundations of human health and well-being.
Energiepolitik und Klimaschutz mit Luftreinhaltung verbinden
  • 13.10.2014

Energiepolitik und Klimaschutz mit Luftreinhaltung verbinden

Die Umsetzung der Energiestrategie soll mit den Zielen der Luftreinhaltung übereinstimmen. So wirkt sich die Verbrennung von Holz in Kleinstanlagen zwar positiv auf das Klima aus, führt jedoch zu hohen Feinstaub-Emissionen. Dabei lässt sich die Luftreinhaltung generell gut mit dem Klimaschutz und der Energiestrategie verbinden, weil Treibhausgase und Luftschadstoffe meist aus denselben Quellen stammen.
Factsheet: Fracking
  • 25.08.2014

A Focus on fracking

Fracking facilitates the economic use of otherwise inaccessible gas resources, and is also used in deep geothermics. The factsheet published by the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences provides arguments for the discussion of these techniques.
Factsheet: Added value from tourism in Swiss parks
  • 25.08.2014

Added value from tourism in Swiss parks

The publication is available in German and French only.

Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences