Soot: game changer for our lakes, too?

“Three feet of ice does not result from one day of cold weather.”

-Chinese proverb

Photo by Rick Chamberlin

New research out of Stanford indicates reducing soot pollution could quickly slow the rapid melting of Arctic ice. This begs the question: would curtailing soot pollution in the Midwest stop or slow the loss of ice cover that’s been occurring on the Great Lakes and our inland lakes over the last century and a half? One would think so, since such particulate matter stays in the atmosphere only a few days and doesn’t travel very far, but it warrants more study from our crack scientists at the University of Wisconsin — which may require a directive and funding from our somewhat-south-of-crack state legislature.