The selling-out of the mountains: Big Ski meets nature

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This documentary by Sabine Harder and Martina Treuter originally aired a year ago on German regional broadcaster SWR. Although no English language version is available this is vital viewing for anyone interested in the future of life and tourism in the Alps. As skiing is not as popular amongst European millenials as it was with […]

Linz air quality worse than London, Shanghai and Mexico City

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According to global air quality monitoring organisation BreezoMeter the air quality in Linz is worse than famously polluted and overcrowded global megalopolises like London, Shanghai and Mexico City. Scoring 41 in their Air Quality Index this puts Linz at the very bottom bound of what is considered Moderate air quality, verging on the Low quality […]

Thunderstorms set to follow heatwave

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Weather men are warning that the blast of hot weather seen in Austria during the past week is set to be followed by thunderstorms in nearly all areas of the country over the next couple of days. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 37 degrees Celsius on Wednesday in some areas, before the […]

First hybrid buses in Vienna

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Wiener Linien is adding it’s first hybrid buses to its public transport operation in the next fortnight, in addition to the twelve electric buses introduced into the city centre. The move is part of a bid to modernise their fleet of buses around the city and make Vienna transport cleaner and more environmentally friendly. The […]

Austrian women earning over fifth less than men

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Austrian women are earning on average 23.4 percent less than men in the country, according to Statistik Austria. Many women in Austria only have part time jobs but often also bear responsibility for unpaid jobs such as childcare and domestic housework. “This is very traditional in Austria – that women do unpaid jobs and men […]

Vienna to reduce car traffic

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Trips taken on public transport, by bike or on foot will account for 80% of all trips made in Vienna by 2025 if the city’s Urban Development Plan goes through as planned. The announcement was made by Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green) on Wednesday, who emphasised that traffic was a key feature of the plan […]

Airpower air show damaging the environment, says Green Party

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The 2013 Airpower air show due to take place later this month in Aichfeld (Styria, Murtal district) has come in for criticism from environmentalists. According to the Green Party, up to 300,000 litres of kerosene will be used during the event, polluting the atmosphere. Green Party spokesman Erwin Webersink said: “At the very least, 150,000 […]

Baby snow leopards

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Three baby snow-leopards born in Salzburg’s Hellbrunn zoo six weeks ago got their first brief taste of the outdoors this week. The two female cubs and their brother frolicked around in their enclosure for half-an-hour before mum Mira decided they’d had enough and took them back inside. Zookeeper Andreas Gfrerer said: “This is the first […]

Vienna prevents smart ideas for cyclists

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Vienna celebrated the winners of the “smart ideas” competition to promote all things bicycle last night (Monday). The first place, and 7,000 Euros prize money, went to the Wiener Rad AG for their bike-storeroom project. They distinguished themselves from 235 other projects which were presented on the theme “bicycle” in the context of a competition […]

Young storks hatch in Rust

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The first young storks hatched in the town of Rust, Burgenland (Eastern Austria). This year, 19 nests have been occupied. In almost all of them, stork babies hatched and are still hatching. 14 stork couples have been incubating their eggs. Due to the cold weather, their offspring was born ten days late, said Josef Karassowitsch […]