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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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Austria News

Washington Post 
The election result in Austria is making headlines around the world, but it isn't too surprising. It was obvious that Austria's electorate was pretty fed up with decades of the “big coalition” between the two big parties — the center-right ÖVP and the ... See more..
New York Times 
Whatever their take, few Austrians dispute that at 31, their foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, has already left an indelible mark on their central European homeland. After an intense campaign, he won a snap election on Sunday, setting him on track to ... See more..
Bloomberg 
"There won't be a debate to leave the EU, but the Freedom Party is strong enough to demand significant concessions” and may lead Austria to align more often with eastern European countries that have challenged Merkel on issues including migration, said ... See more..
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Hospitality Net 
Austria has long had a strong economy, driven by industries such as metallurgical products, textiles, and machinery. In recent decades, the country has become well developed with a high standard of living closely tied to the other economies in the ... See more..
New York Times 
And now comes Sebastian Kurz: the 31-year-old about-to-be chancellor of Austria, and the youngest leader of a European Union state. “Austria's answer to Macron and Trudeau?” CNN asked earlier this week. In terms of policy, no. Mr. Kurz swept to power ... See more..
Express.co.uk 
The anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) came second in the vote after receiving 26.9 per cent and its role as kingmaker has put a “serious strain” on the EU amid fears the election has “unsettled” Austria's role in the union. And now a stinging ... See more..
Jalopnik 
This particular immolation happened in Landeck, Austria when the driver—a 19 year-old woman traveling on the Arlberg Schnellstraße (S16), according to Tiroler Tageszeitung—crashed into a concrete barrier in a construction zone just before the ... See more..
Los Alamos Monitor 
An avid hiker, Diewald has collected and sampled all of Austria's wild herbs and edible flowers over the years. He then turns them into delicate pieces of confectionary art, with combinations like black current and sweet clover, rose and bergamot ... See more..
euronews 
On the streets of Vienna, Muslims say they are confident state institutions will protect them. See more..
Aljazeera.com 
Austrians are heading to the polls to vote in a snap parliamentary election that could see a far-right party enter into government as part of a coalition. Polls will close at 6pm local time (16:00 GMT) on Sunday, but the counting of the ballots will ... 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