Chilean Researchers Link Urban Pollution, Glacier Retreat

10 Dec 2013 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Researchers from Chile’s Center for Environmental Technologies (CETAM) have found a link between urban pollution and glacier retreat in the Andes region.A CETAM study found that pollutant particulates from the Chilean capital, Santiago, were affecting the glacier, which is the source of 70 percent of the city’s water supply. The particulates contribute to increasing temperatures and melting.“By 2050 Santiago's population will increase by 1.5 million, while water reserves will decrease by half due to this type of contamination,” according to CETAM.CETAM studied ice core and snow samples from the glaciers of the Andes Cordillera, in an area ranging from the central zone to Patagonia...

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