In northern Italy, a glacier in the Alps has turned a somewhat bizarre color — pink. It's a phenomenon that's been seen around the world. Scientists are investigating, but they suspect it's linked to climate change.
Glacier scientists are investigating the appearance of pink ice at Italy's Presena Glacier, an Alpine region known for skiing and outdoor sports. Research suggests the algae could contribute to increased glacial melt.
Italy's Planpincieux glacier in the Mont Blanc mountain region is melting at an accelerated rate, alarming nearby residents in Aosta Valley. The section of the glacier concerned weighs around 250,000 tons.
Those in attendance wore dark outfits and some laid flowers. The "funeral march" took place as world leaders and youth activists prepared for a major United Nations summit on climate change.
A study has found climate change may cause 90 percent of glaciers in the Alps to melt by the end of the century. It comes after a handful of European states agreed to better protect the Alps against climate change.
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