July 07, 2020

Pink snow in the Alps raises concerns

Credit: Unsplash (Pietro De Grandi)

The Gist

Scientists are investigating the appearance of pink snow in the Presena Glacier in the Italian Alps.

The List

  • The pink snow is caused by algae which could cause the snow to melt more rapidly as it absorbs more heat.
  • The phenomenon did not appear for the first time, however, it might signal climate change if it starts to happen more frequently.
  • Biagio Di Mauro (Italy’s National Research Council) mentioned that the link with climate change is yet to be proven.

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