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Snow is turning pink in Italy, and although it looks cute, it is not a good sign for the environment.

Scientists are investigating this mysterious pink color of a glacier in the Italian Alps, a color likely caused by algae that would accelerate the effects of climate change.

They do not not exactly the origins of this algae, but the pink color of the snow, observed on sections of the Presena glacier, is probably caused by the same plant discovered in Greenland, according to Biagio Di Mauro, member of the National Research Center.
The glacier, located near Pellizzano in Italy, is often called the “giant of the alps” and sits 3,069 metres above sea level.

This algae is also present in Greenland, in an area where the ice melts. Ice normally reflects over 80% of the sun's radiation into the atmosphere. But the algae obscures the snow, which absorbs more heat and melts faster.

At first, the algae was thought to be Ancylonema nordenskioeldii (a glacier alga), but apparently, it is more likely to be Chlamydomonas nivalis (a snow alga).

Scientist Biagio Di Mauro also explained: “The alga is not dangerous, it is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the spring and summer periods in the middle latitudes but also at the Poles”. He also added that hikers and ski lifts could also have effects on algae.

What do you think of this phenomenon?
Do you think global warming is speeding up? According to you, could glaciers disappear at some point?

Let us know your opinion in the comments!

Influence your world,
Toluna Team
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SimoShine77

  2 months ago
no
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Xosunset1234

  2 months ago
As cute as pink snow looks, this is so bad:( Its like nothing we do is working, and the planet has to suffer from our choices.
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crief32

  2 months ago
Nature is full of surprises !
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reno876

  2 months ago
This is awful news. I immediately associated this news to the pink slime in ice machines. ? Thanks for the information.
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M9522567y

  2 months ago
thanks for the information, to take into account
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Mielle13

  2 months ago
Many Things Change Over Time... Some Changes Are Good, And Some Not So Good... This Is Worrisome.
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maltascott1

  2 months ago
At least we are being made aware.
Thank you.
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A5830629ko

  2 months ago
I think it is nice and kind of a fantasy world..but we should "all" be together to protect our planet ..many changes is going on ..and people must be aware ..every body must take a responsibility
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FIRSTABOREAN_8395

  2 months ago
Glaciers have been receding for many thousands of years; I see no cause for their reversing. Please try to put this into perspective. Only ten thousand years ago, Yosemite Valley was filled with a glacier.
When you're willing to do so, enter Yosemite from Lee Vining, Highway 120, the eastern way in. As you crest the Tioga Pass and enter the park, look to your right, where the ground still shows the scrape marks of that glaciation. Yes, the glacier filled the valley that high!
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pc1976

  2 months ago
Wow, something not good is going on if the snow is turning pink.
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