Italy covers up shrinking glacier to protect it from summer heat

Italy covers up shrinking glacier to protect it from summer heat

Presina Glacier (Italy): Struggling to keep northern Italy’s Presena glacier from shrinking further, climatologists are covering it with long strips of cloth that will reflect the sun’s rays and prevent the ice below from melting.
They say that about 70% of snow can be saved in summer with a protective cover that works in the same way as a silver reflective guard placed in a car window to prevent overheating.
Above the glacier and surrounded by stunningly wide peaks, a team hoists strips 5 meters wide and 70 meters long to cover approximately 120,000 square meters of the glacier. It takes one month to complete the work.
This process is being done every year since 2008.
“Glaciers and their retreat are perhaps the most important manifestation of ongoing global warming, with glacier mass falling steadily for the past 15 to 20 years,” said Christian Cassaroto, a glaciologist at the Trento Science Museum.
“Studying glaciers becomes important in order to be able to understand and fix the direction we are going,” he said.

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