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Reduced Albedo

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Global warming is reducing the area of the Earth's surface covered with snow and glaciers.

Which statement BEST describes the impact of this reduction?

A

Earth's albedo will increase and more solar energy will be reflected back into space.

B

Earth's albedo will decrease and the rate of climate change will increase.

C

The loss of cold environments will increase the rate of climate change.

D

Greenhouse gases trapped in the snow and glaciers will be released when they melt and intensify climate change.

E

This will cause a negative feedback loop for global temperatures.