Global warming is leading to a “Tuscanization” of the landscape on the Plateau and to an increasing “mineralization” in the Alps, worries the Foundation for the protection and planning of the landscape. With all the consequences for the tourist capital.
The increasingly long periods of heat and drought over the past twenty years are already modifying the landscape in a significant way. Water loss is the dominant visible in many places. As they multiply, they increasingly blur the dominance of green and freshness in favor of light shades of yellow and brown that are reminiscent of the dry landscapes of the Tuscan valleys, the foundation wrote on Monday (fp).
In the Alpine space, especially at high altitudes, the consequences of global warming also manifest themselves, but differently. There is increasing mineralization, with the retreat of glaciers and the drought that accompanies it, adds the fp in a press release.
In the absence of water, the bare moraines only vegetate very slowly. Torrents and waterfalls in non-glacial watersheds turn into rivulets. There too, a well-known situation in Italy, in the Piedmontese and Ligurian Alps, notes the foundation.
According to her, water loss and overspeed have an impact on biodiversity and reduce landscape variety. This situation also reduces the recreational value and therefore the tourist capital of the landscape. And the foundation regrets that “the romantic ideal of a ‘green’ and water-rich Switzerland – a model for the many ‘Swiss’ in other countries – seems to be undergoing a lasting transformation”.