Environment: Apocalypse in the Alps

Critics warn of a threat from unchecked tourism

The Alpine region is a treasure trove of history, culture and spectacular scenery, all of the riches one would expect to find in Europe. For the Alpine region is the heart of Europe. This season, you can share in the wealth.

—Swiss tourist brochure

Millions already have. As a result, the 84,942-sq.-mi. expanse of peaks, pastures and icy lakes that ranges over seven nations from the Gulf of Genoa to Vienna is reeling from the effects of overcrowding. Trails of beer and soft-drink cans festoon the...

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