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To Save a Glacier, Paint it White

Peruvians are painting mountains in the Andes white to try to slow down the melting of glaciers.

A team of painters has already whitewashed two hectares in two weeks.

"It is the first experimental step in an innovative plan to recuperate Peru's disappearing Andean glaciers.

But there is debate between those who dismiss the idea as just plain daft and those who think it could be a simple but brilliant solution, or at least one which should be put to the test.

The World Bank clearly believes the idea - the brainchild of 55-year-old Peruvian inventor, Eduardo Gold - has merit as it was one of the 26 winners from around 1,700 submissions in the '100 Ideas to Save the Planet' competition at the end of 2009."

Full Story: Can painting a mountain restore a glacier?

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