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The Alps were covered with «blankets» to prevent a global catastrophe

Employees of a ski resort in Switzerland cover the slopes of Mount Titlis in the Alps with blankets to delay a global catastrophe. They shared with Reuters that this is how they manage to block sunlight and prevent the melting of ice and snow.

In recent decades, the average air temperature has become higher, and Mount Titlis with a height of 3.2 thousand meters began to rapidly lose snow cover. Experts expect that in the next half-century, the snow will completely melt — and, moreover, at all ski resorts in Europe.

“We cover the glaciers with fleece, it serves as a shield from sunlight for them,” said Gian Darms, an employee of the ski resort. Together with his colleagues, he spent about six weeks spreading synthetic fabric on the surface of a slope with an area of 100 thousand square meters — which corresponds to the size of 14 football fields. Reflective fleece does not allow the glaciers to heat up and will help to save more snow that fell last winter.

However, the Swiss government said that 90 percent of the 1.5 thousand glaciers will disappear by the end of the century if we do not urgently start reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Darms supported the statement of the authorities and noted that in recent years it was necessary to constantly increase the area of the space covered with blankets in order to preserve what was left on the Alpine peaks.

In the spring, scientists warned about a possible glacial catastrophe. Researchers from different countries came to the conclusion that the ice began to melt faster. The world began to lose 31 percent more ice and snow than 15 years ago. For example, the melting rate in 2015-2019 became 71 billion tons per year faster than in 2000-2004.

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