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Italy: It's a wrap! Alpine glacier in Brescia province covered in sheets to combat melt03:30

Italy: It's a wrap! Alpine glacier in Brescia province covered in sheets to combat melt

Italy, Ponte di Legno
July 2, 2020 at 18:51 GMT -00:00 · Published

As part of an annual tradition, the Carosello Tonale company has finished its task of wrapping up the endangered Presena glacier in Italy's Brescia province near Ponte di Legno, in footage from Thursday.

With temperatures increasing in the region due to climate change, the glacier has been steadily decreasing in size, according to Manuel Veronesi, who works for Carosello Tonale, the company which has managed the ski lifts and cable cars on the mountain for over 30 years.

Originally devised in collaboration with researchers at the University of Milan, the company applies large thermal sheets to the glacier each summer to insulate it from heat and sunlight.

"Every year in the spring and at the beginning of summer, these sheets are spread out like a blanket, covering the entire ski slope used in winter. The sheets are sewn together with special machines and in September when summer ends they are removed and disposed of," Veronesi said.

By taking this precaution, Veronesi believes that the glacier is spared roughly 400,000 cubic metres (14,125,866 cubic feet) of snow loss each year.

Italy: It's a wrap! Alpine glacier in Brescia province covered in sheets to combat melt03:30
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As part of an annual tradition, the Carosello Tonale company has finished its task of wrapping up the endangered Presena glacier in Italy's Brescia province near Ponte di Legno, in footage from Thursday.

With temperatures increasing in the region due to climate change, the glacier has been steadily decreasing in size, according to Manuel Veronesi, who works for Carosello Tonale, the company which has managed the ski lifts and cable cars on the mountain for over 30 years.

Originally devised in collaboration with researchers at the University of Milan, the company applies large thermal sheets to the glacier each summer to insulate it from heat and sunlight.

"Every year in the spring and at the beginning of summer, these sheets are spread out like a blanket, covering the entire ski slope used in winter. The sheets are sewn together with special machines and in September when summer ends they are removed and disposed of," Veronesi said.

By taking this precaution, Veronesi believes that the glacier is spared roughly 400,000 cubic metres (14,125,866 cubic feet) of snow loss each year.

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