FOEN publishes study on climate change

12.12.2017

The rise in poor harvests is clear evidence of the negative impact of climate change, caused in part by more frequent water shortages during the hot dry summers. This affects not only agriculture but also biodiversity.
Water shortages are also a risk to feed production and with it the manufacture of animal products. They are also detrimental to livestock, resulting for example in lower milk yields.

Another threat is the increasing frequency of wildfires as forests play an important role in climatic conditions. This particular affects places that rely on the strength and health of protected forests. If these forests are destroyed by fire, this poses a serious threat to the safety of local people and restricts agriculture in these regions.

Hot, dry summers may become the norm in future. The increase in extreme weather conditions (drought, heat waves, torrential rain, floods, etc.) may reduce soil fertility and also increase erosion. As a result of the frequent dry spells, the operating costs of farmers may increase, partly because of the higher cost of irrigation and pest control.

Read Study: Klimabedingte Risiken und Chancen Studie vom Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU)
(Climate-related risks and opportunities Study by Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)