Soot responsible for retreating glaciers in wake of industrial revolution

From 1865 glaciers in the Alps began retreating at unprecedented levels and new research conducted by the University of Michigan says soot particles are to blame.

Increased rail transport, tourism and coal fires brought about by the industrial revolution caused black soot to settle on the glaciers.

The soot reduced glacial reflectivity, causing the ice to absorb more energy from the sun and melt.

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