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Swiss Narrowly Reject Tax Hike to Fight Climate Change

The Rhone glacier above a lake formed by the glacier's meltwater as well as a portion of the glacier covered in UV-resistant material to slow the glacier's melting.

The Rhone glacier above a lake formed by the glacier's meltwater as well as a portion of the glacier covered in UV-resistant material to slow the glacier's melting.

Photographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

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Geneva (AP) -- Exit polls on Sunday indicated that Swiss voters appear to have narrowly rejected a proposed “carbon dioxide law” that would have hiked fees and taxes on fuels that produce greenhouse gases.

The Alpine country has been experiencing an outsized impact from climate change. Switzerland has faced a rise in temperatures that is twice as fast as the global average, the government says. Greenhouse gases — notably carbon dioxide — are seen as the primary culprit.