Snow cap disappearing from Mount Kilimanjaro

WASHINGTON – The snows of Kilimanjaro may soon be gone. The African mountain’s white peak — made famous by writer Ernest Hemingway — is rapidly melting, researchers report.

Some 85 percent of the ice that made up the mountaintop glaciers in 1912 was gone by 2007, researchers led by paleoclimatologist Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University report in Tuesday’s edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And more than a quarter of the ice present in 2000 was gone by 2007.

If current conditions continue “the ice fields atop Kilimanjaro will not endure,” the researchers said.

The Kilimanjaro glaciers are both shrinking, as the ice at their edges melts, and thinning, the researchers found.

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What is your point? The earth has undergone many cycles like the “ice age” in it’s history, none of them caused by man.

i fully agree that we must not pollute and must treasure our earth as a precious gift from God!

Even the BBC, a very liberal news source, recently published an article entitled “What happened to Global Warming?” news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8299079.stm.

Before we commit billions of dollars that could be used to feed, to provide medical care and to educate millions of sick, starving and destitute people to unproven science like “carbon offsets” and all of these “green” jobs, lets use proper scientific resaerch, not emotional hysteria.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus!

mark

Whether global warming is real or not, now is as good a time as any to do what we must. We need to start treating the planet better, whether we are causing it to warm up or not. Whether man made or not, something is most assuredly happening, and we need to get ready for the changes and do what we should have done long ago.

I read a while back that some researchers had previously studied precipitation at this mountain and found that the largest factor in the glacier reduction by far was deforestation upwind and downslope. The loss of the forestland removed millions of gallons of evapotranspiration from the hydrologic cycle and drastically reduced the precipitation at the upper levels of the mountain where warm, humid air cooled as the winds pushed it up the slopes to the cooler mountains. Once cooled enough, the air exceeded 100% humidity and snowed much more frequently. Once the forest was gone, much less humidity was in the air to become snow.

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