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Environmental pollution

The environmental effects of transport are enormous – transport pollutes Alpine valleys and makes them ever noisier. A lorry or freight train are more of a threat to people’s health when they travel through the Swiss Reuss or Leventina valleys than when they drive across the prealpine lowlands. This is due to special problems as regards noise and air pollution – in narrow valleys, pollutants disperse more slowly and frequent thermal inversions lead to pollution levels which, even when there is little traffic, are already as high as in big towns.

Alpine Initiative

The Alpine Initiative is a Swiss association. In 1989 the association launched the popular initiative "for the protection of the Alpine region from transit traffic", that was accepted on the 20th February 1994 by a majority of both the Swiss population and the cantons. 

Alpine Initiative
Hellgasse 23
CH-6460 Altdorf UR
phone +41 41 870 97 81
Donations: CH4109000000190062469