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Austriaâ's environmental policies are shifting to focus on two key issues for the European continent: climate protection and climate adaptation.1 The government is developing policies that will hopefully strengthen natural barriers to climate change and enhance technological capacities.2 Climate change will negatively affect the water resources in Austria, as well as ecosystems, agricultural systems, and transportation infrastructures. The government is considering a forced flood protection plan in order to minimize financial and property losses, should a natural disaster occur.3 The Austrian Alps have been losing glacier volume steadily for the past decade and, in 2003, the total glacier volume decreased by 5–10%.4

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1http://www.alpconv.org/en/organization/groups/WGWater/workshopplanalp/Documents/unterwainig.pdf?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
2 Ibid
3 Ibid
4 http://www.climateadaptation.eu/austria/climate-change/
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New York Times 
AMSTERDAM — The owner of a 17th-century Dutch portrait that Nazi authorities looted from its German Jewish owner pulled the work on Wednesday, hours before it was to be auctioned in Austria, following an outcry and anonymous threats. The painting ... See more..
Nasdaq 
In February, Vienna prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium after the defence ministry said it believed they had misled Austria about the price, deliverability and equipment of the 2003 deal. That ... See more..
Deutsche Welle 
Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has urged the EU to extend the country's border controls. Citing security concerns, Sobotka said he "simply needs to ... See more..
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KERNHOF, AUSTRIA -- Four white tiger cubs went on show for the first time at a zoo in Austria on Wednesday. Falco, Toto, Mia and Mautzi were born on March 22nd and now weigh around 11 pounds each. At birth they were all just around 2 pounds. See more..
IIHF 
Austria needed a win in order to stay in the race for promotion and to avoid a relegation battle while winless Ukraine needed to win in order to survive in this group. The favourites had a better start and a lot of power plays. Ukraine took six minor ... See more..
Wicked Local North Attleborough 
“On the last day of running we attended the World Games opening ceremony, where the Flame of Hope was used to light the cauldron. On our final day in Austria we participated in a Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics. My team, Team 3 ... See more..
SW News Media 
After flying to the Munich, Germany airport, students began a tour in Salzburg, Austria. Walking by the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the famous Getreidegasse was a highlight for many on this tour, according to a press release. The students ... See more..
IIHF 
Austria bounced back from the opening-day loss at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A and beat Hungary 3-1. Both teams are ... See more..
Arutz Sheva 
Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, who is visiting Israel, tried to mediate between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, but to no avail, the Austrian news website Die Presse reported on Tuesday. Netanyahu had ... See more..
Forward 
According to a Guardian report, a painting stolen by the Nazis is set to be auctioned by the Im Kinsky auction house in Vienna next week. Van der Helst's ... See more..
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Geography

Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia
Area

Total 83,871 sq km
Land 82,445 sq km
Water 1,426 sq km

Climate

temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers
Natural Resources

oil, coal, lignite, timber, iron ore, copper, zinc, antimony, magnesite, tungsten, graphite, salt, hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

landslides; avalanches; earthquakes
Current Environmental Issues

some forest degradation caused by air and soil pollution; soil pollution results from the use of agricultural chemicals; air pollution results from emissions by coal- and oil-fired power stations and industrial plants and from trucks transiting Austria between northern and southern Europe

Demographics

Nationality
Austrian
Population
8,221,646 (July 2013 est.)
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Austria, with its well-developed market economy, skilled labor force, and high standard of living, is closely tied to other EU economies, especially Germany's. Its economy features a large service sector, a sound industrial sector, and a small, but highly developed agricultural sector. Following several years of solid foreign demand for Austrian exports and record employment growth, the international financial crisis of 2008 and subsequent global economic downturn led to a sharp but brief recession. Austrian GDP contracted 3.8% in 2009 but saw positive growth of about 2% in 2010 and 2.7% in 2011. Growth fell to 0.6% in 2012. Unemployment ...See More did not rise as steeply in Austria as elsewhere in Europe, partly because the government subsidized reduced working hour schemes to allow companies to retain employees. The 2012 unemployment rate of 4.3% was the lowest within the EU. Stabilization measures, stimulus spending, and an income tax reform pushed the budget deficit to 4.5% in 2010 and 2.6% in 2011, from only about 0.9% in 2008. The international financial crisis of 2008 caused difficulties for Austria's largest banks whose extensive operations in central, eastern, and southeastern Europe faced large losses. The government provided bank support - including in some instances, nationalization - to support aggregate demand and stabilize the banking system. Austria's fiscal position compares favorably with other euro-zone countries, but it faces external risks, such as Austrian banks' continued exposure to Central and Eastern Europe as well as political and economic uncertainties caused by the European sovereign debt crisis. In 2011 the government attempted to pass a constitutional amendment limiting public debt to 60% of GDP by 2020, but it was unable to obtain sufficient support in parliament and instead passed the measure as a simple law. In March 2012, the Austrian parliament approved an austerity package consisting of a mix of expenditure cuts and new revenues that will bring public finances into balance by 2016. In 2012, the budget deficit rose to 3.1% of GDP. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$364.9 billion (2012 est.); $362.1 billion (2011 est.); $352.6 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

25.1% of GDP (2012 est.); 25.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 25.7% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

grains, potatoes, wine, fruit; dairy products, cattle, pigs, poultry; lumber
Industries

construction, machinery, vehicles and parts, food, metals, chemicals, lumber and wood processing, paper and paperboard, communications equipment, tourism