Guardians against ‘white death’ avalanches honored by UNESCO

FILE PHOTO: Avalanche barriers are pictured on the Soushorn mountain near Wengen, Switzerland January 15, 2016. Such barriers are installed on steep mountain faces to prevent snow from falling and forming an avalanche. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

ZURICH (Reuters) – St Bernard dogs and wily guides who know the mountains like the back of their hands have been hailed by UNESCO, which has included Swiss and Austrian methods of limiting avalanche damage on its list of cultural treasures. Highlanders’ know-how and risk management strategies have long helped guard against the dangers of […]

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