Power polemic – swissinfo

The 9 plants of Switzerland’s KWO (Kraftwerke Oberhasli ) hydro electric power company in the Grimsel area produce enough electricity annually to meet the needs of one million people. The operators want to boost production by increasing dam capacity and updating equipment, but environmental groups are objecting. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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A city and its colour – swissinfo

On the sidelines of the western city of Neuchâtel’s millennium celebrations, swissinfo.ch considers the history, geology and culture of the yellow limestone that is part of the city’s identity. (Bernard Léchot, swissinfo.ch)
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The High-Tech Hut – swissinfo

The new Monte Rosa Hut is located at 2,883 metres above sea level in a barren wasteland of rock and ice, facing one of Switzerland’s most famous mountains, the Matterhorn. A joint effort by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and the Swiss Alpine Club, it is a shining example of hands-on teaching with the lofty goal of being sustainable.
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Rural nostalgia – swissinfo

In mid-April the Swiss open-air museum of Ballenberg near Brienz in the Bernese Oberland will open its doors to the public for the 34th time. But before visitors can dive into rural life as it used to be, the staff still have a lot of work to do. In order to make the travel back in time perfect, the old houses have to be refurbished, traditional gardens planted and indigenous cattle trained for farm work. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch)
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Green energy boom – swissinfo

The nuclear crisis in Japan has shifted the focus to alternative forms of energy. In Switzerland, manufacturers of products for the solar and wind energy sectors are well placed to profit from the tide turning against atomic power. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Nuclear future – swissinfo

Switzerland has three nuclear power plants that are showing their age. Following the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, experts have been given about a year to come up with a new risk analysis, that will be used as the basis for political decisions on the future of nuclear energy. (SF/swissinfoch)
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Fox fur comeback – swissinfo

Animal rights campaigners managed to deal a major blow to the fur trade in the eighties, but it may now be picking up. That’s good news for Swiss hunters. Swiss TV visited a fur market in Mörel, canton Valais. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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