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The pandemic is no longer the sole worry

For the second time in a row, the Swiss have named the coronavirus pandemic as their main worry but, in almost the same breath, they now also name climate change and retirement provision.

Housing costs weigh on low-income populations

Housing costs are a perennial issue. However, that worry about rising rents is increasing now in particular requires an explanation and steers the discussion towards the importance of housing and the different problems depending on the income class.

Living environments in Switzerland

The city/country divide, the generational gap, or differences between the language regions are occasionally heavily discussed in politics and the media. Solidarity and similarities, however, are also reflected by the electorate.

"Switzerland can play a role as geopolitical mediator"

He wishes for a positive dialogue with the EU and believes in Switzerland's opportunity to be an "honest broker." However, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, has a competent and pithy opinion on all the main worries of the Swiss.

Life in the face of uncertainty

The coronavirus pandemic demonstrates Switzerland's resilience in times of crisis to voters. The Swiss do indeed closely observe the actions of the political world, the economy, and the media in these uncertain times, see room for improvement, and think carefully when it comes to expressing trust. However, few are those plagued by existential worries.

ESG investing: What is it and what are the trends to watch?

Investors can invest sustainably in a number of different ways. The sustainable investing spectrum allows investors to build a portfolio based on their personal values, risk appetite and financial goals.

When emissions turn personal: How many trees are needed to offset your carbon footprint?

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions need to fall by 50% between 2020-2030 and reach 'net zero' by 2050 in order to meet targets set under the 2015 Paris Agreementi. The global debate that surrounds climate change typically focuses on governments and companies, overlooking the ultimate driver of emissions: the consumer.

Scaling up facilities to capture, store and utilize carbon

With an acceleration in the number of countries moving towards net zero 2050 objectives, the main existing technologies for carbon capture storage and utilization offer an important component in a suite of initiatives to limit global warming. For very carbon intensive industries, where new technologies to minimize or avoid carbon emissions may take decades to develop, capital flows to scale up carbon capture facilities can accelerate the pace of reducing carbon emissions in support of achieving climate change targets.

Smart farming: New face of agriculture

A growing demand for food is bringing about changes in agriculture, which will mainly be evidenced in precision farming.

Sustainable food supply chain

Savings along the food supply chain translate to both environmental and economic benefits. Upcycling food, reducing food miles (i.e. the distance food travels before it reaches the customer), or cutting down on food waste can greatly benefit the food companies and the planet.
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