Let's balance out
Pink algae and sharks
09-07-2020 • Eco • by Ludovica Luvi F
It isn't as bad as you think. Or maybe it is.

Another week has passed and we're back with the climate updates! This is "Let's balance out" and you'll read one good news and one bad news about the climate crisis. Shall we begin?

So what do you want first? The good news or the bad news?

In Italy the ice of the Alps started turning pink and scientists are investigating an algae, which is the cause of it as it accelerates the effect of climate change.
Apparently "the alga is not dangerous, it is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the spring and summer periods."

It works like this: normally the ice reflects more than 80% of sun radiation into the atmosphere, but if these algae appear they darken the ice, so it absorbs heat more quickly.

Today we'll redeem sharks. They are not evil as they depict them in movies, but more importantly they are indispensable to the ocean life. They have a slow growing, they spend ages as teenagers and when they lay down eggs they are not so many. Those who stay alive spend decades, centuries absorbing pollution of the sea and they are forced to live in an habitat that is getting hotter every day.

They keep the balance in the ocean, and plenty of shark species are at risk of extinction.

"We don't understand until we lose the species how important it was."

Illustration by Maria