The Alps is a region of contrasts.
At the heart of Europe, connecting some of the world’s most developed countries, it also contains some of the continent’s most remote and isolated locations.
For millions of years the Alps have dominated the landscape – but climate change means the mountain environment is already altering faster than almost anywhere else.
In this series, The Alps: timeless and changing, CGTN Europe visits seven Alpine countries - Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Liechtenstein -to explore the interaction between people, wildlife and their landscapes through video, text, photos and podcasts.
Melting glaciers are one of climate change’s most visible symbols: locals and scientists watch the snows retreat year by year – affecting tourism, causing deadly rockfalls and shutting down hydroelectric power.
Find out how the Alps are adapting in
THE DEATH OF ICE
The forest above the Italian town of Cremona has produced perhaps the most valuable wood in history – used to make the violins of Antonio Stradivari.
When a storm of unimaginable ferocity practically wiped out the forest in 2018, master craftsman Giorgio Leonardelli entered a race against time to save the wood from being converted to paper pulp.
Find out what happened next in
THE MUSICAL WOOD
Lurking in the centuries-old ice of retreating Alpine glaciers lie microorganisms unknown to modern man.
They’re potentially deadly – but could be lifesaving if they unlock the secrets to new antibiotics.
Find out what these thousand-year-old glaciers have revealed in
WHAT LURKS BENEATH
In Slovenia, there is a traditional method of making hard cheese from sour milk. Discovered by the local cowherds, it is intrinsic in the customs of the region and has been handed down for generations.
Having survived many challenges including the destruction of the village by Nazis, only a couple of elderly residents of one hamlet kept the tradition alive.
We meet 92 year-old Rezka Mali as she initiates new cheesemakers in her craft in
THE DAIRY OF ENDURING LOVE
Mountain farming might seem like an emblem of idyllic life up on high, but the modern world is putting pressure on this Alpine tradition.
Warmer weather means forests are rapidly encroaching on pastures – and with long hours, hard work and little reward, farming is struggling to attract a new generation to the land.
As the number of herds dwindle, we find out how remaining farmers keep the treeline at bay in
FIGHTING THE FOREST INVASION