Catherine McLean Journalistin/Texterin/Übersetzerin

Ocean Acidification Outpacing Organisms' Ability to Adapt

Published March 7, 2018 in IFTNEXT

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, in 2012, she was well-informed about the dangers posed by ocean acidification. What Merkel wanted to know was whether marine organisms could ever adapt to these changing conditions.

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Doing business in cryptocurrencies

Published October 26, 2017 in Swiss Trade

There is a lot of interest today surrounding cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and the underlying blockchain technology, including in Zug’s Crypto Valley. However, concerns surrounding security, trust and regulation must be addressed before cryptocurrencies can enter the mainstream world of business.

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Expat's time in Zurich inspires racy novel

Published August 4, 2015 in

Zurich’s high standard of living makes it a popular destination for expats, but linguistic and cultural hurdles can make for a lonely and alienating existence for trailing spouses, as depicted in Jill Alexander Essbaum’s erotically-charged novel Hausfrau.

Hausfrau — the German word for housewife — is the story of Anna, an attractive American married to a Credit Suisse banker whose life as the mother of three in Switzerland takes an adulterous turn when illicit sex becomes a way to combat boredom.

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Boom over for some Swiss international schools

Published July 8, 2015 in swissinfo

A branch of the Zurich International School is closing its doors in July after enrolment failed to live up to expectations. It’s not the only one. Just what is behind the spate of closures in schools in eastern Switzerland catering to expat offspring?

On a late weekday afternoon, Lawrence Wood, principal of the SIS Swiss International School Winterthur, looks on as a handful of young students climb ropes and chase balls on a rooftop playground.

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Ocean seafood failing the acid test

Published June 10, 2015 in FutureFood2050

German marine biologist Ulf Riebesell says the unchecked pace of ocean acidification threatens to deplete future supplies of seafood and fish.

The increasing acidity of the world’s oceans is happening silently and invisibly for now. But the impact on our food chain—including declining numbers of certain edible species—will become more and more visible in coming decades, predicts German marine biologist Ulf Riebesell.

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Shrinking agriculture's water footprint

Published June 10, 2015 in FutureFood2050

Food and beverage companies could play a major role in helping reduce global water consumption through their supply chains, says Dutch scientist Arjen Hoekstra, founder of the Water Footprint Network.

Many of the biggest drains on our water supply come not from the kitchen tap but from inside the fridge of a typical home: ice cream, fresh meat and soft drinks, says Dutch scientist Arjen Hoekstra, who coined the term “water footprint” and founded the international Water Footprint Network in 2008.

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Here, but facing an uncertain future

Published February 4, 2015 in

On a cold, winter evening, a large family gathers in an apartment in the centre of St Gallen. There are a dozen or so - uncles, aunts, cousins, mothers, fathers, and children - ranging from the very young to middle-aged.

A few years ago, they would have met up in bustling Damascus. Now they find themselves together in a foreign city thousands of kilometres away from home.

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Starting over in Switzerland

Published February 4, 2015 in

Jwan Othman and Media Joulak sit down on a black couch in the tidy main room of their flat, overlooking the main street of Rothenthurm.

It’s a beautiful winter day outside and the village is busy as visitors go cross-country skiing in the surrounding foothills of the Alps. The couple’s two-year-old son Tirej, and three-year-old daughter Tireva play nearby, popping by every so often to see their parents and grab a cookie.

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Sustainable farming goes back to the future

Published November 19, 2014 in

Ancient agriculture techniques can play a crucial new role in food security, says sustainable agriculture expert Parviz Koohafkan.

Not so long ago, China’s 2,000-year-old system of cultivating rice and fish together on small family farms was on the verge of becoming obsolete. The introduction of pesticides and fertilizers was killing off the fish, while new hybrid varieties of rice were proving less resistant than their traditional counterparts in the fields.

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The upside of doing business in former East Germany

Published October 21, 2014 in The Globe and Mail

When Future Electronics Inc. decided to move its European logistics centre from Britain to the heart of the continent, it chose an empty field in the eastern German city of Leipzig.

The Canadian company is one of many that have expanded to Leipzig in recent years, drawn by its central location, new infrastructure, skilled work force and low salaries.

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