Let Us Talk About Kilimanjaro
Posted by David Keelan on Monday, June 18, 2007
The authoritative “climate change” web site Real Climate has a long and extensive article on tropical glacier retreats. You can read it here.
One of the quesitons they ask is KILIMANJARO: ICON OR RED HERRING? They basically believe the their is a cause and effect relative to global warming and glacier retreat.
From The Guardian Newspaper global warming scare experts
The snows of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
The white top of Africa’s highest mountain has become an icon, instantly recognisable, but Kilimanjaro’s snows are disappearing at an alarming rate. The 5,896m (19,340ft) mountain – its name, in the local Chagga tongue, means ‘that which cannot be conquered’ – is destined to lose all its snow within a decade, meteorologists predict. The great peak, which once glowed ‘unbelievably white in the sun’ according to Hemingway, will turn an uninspiring dirty brown, a victim of global warming caused by ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere. At present, 10,000 people a year take the hike up ‘Kili’; how the loss of the snow will affect this tourist trade is uncertain. Far more worrying is the plight of the local people, whose way of life is now under threat because of drought.
If we are now convinced the Kilimanjaro is not suffering the effect of man made climate change why are we still so sure about the glaciers? What if we find a reasonable explanation for the glacier errosion – like the ice age is over (get a sense of humor).
If the hysterics at The Guardian, and Barabara Streisand, are convinced that Kilimanjaro is loosing it’s snow cap because of human activity and then other evidence shows the loss of the snow cap is because of solar activity then what is a simple guy like me supposed to believe?
Don’t we need to know more?