Northern lakes at risk of losing ice cover permanently, impacting drinking water

Close to 5,700 lakes in the Northern Hemisphere may permanently lose ice cover this century, 179 of them in the next decade, at current greenhouse gas emissions, despite a possible polar vortex this year, researchers at York University have found. The lack of ice cover contributes to increased summer water temperatures, which in turn results in more frequent algae blooms that impact water quality.

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