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SWITZERLAND HAS A long-standing tradition of environmental awareness and protection and has been active in bringing the debate on climatic change to the forefront of international environmental affairs. Switzerland was a strong supporter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from its inception in 1988 and an important negotiator for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, leading inter alia to the Kyoto Protocol. Climate research is high on the agenda of Swiss academia, with recognized expertise in paleoclimate reconstructions, climate modeling, and impacts studies. In 1987, the Swiss Academy of Science set up a unique scientific platform at the interface of science and policy (ProClim, the Swiss Forum on Climate and Global Change) to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to decision makers and ...

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