Al Gore, in his movie Inconvenient Truth, points to Mount Kilimanjaro as proof, in part, that Global Warming threatens humanity. Immediately, skeptics jumped on this, saying that Kilimanjaro has been slowly melting for centuries:
In the film, Gore points to Mt. Kilimanjaro as an example of global warming’s impact on alpine glaciers. Robert Balling, a climatologist at Arizona State University writes, however, that the shrinking glaciers atop Africa’s famed volcano have been disappearing for more than a century. Two studies published in 2004 suggest the retreat was triggered by declining rainfall since the end of the 1800s.
Other stories point to this mountain as their evidence behind Global Warming and the danger it imposes.
Keipper’s photos speak for themselves, dramatic proof of a scientific near-certainty: Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are disappearing. The ice fields Ernest Hemingway once described as “wide as all the world, great, high, and unbelievably white in the sun” have lost 82 percent of their ice since 1912—the year their full extent was first measured.
Horrible. 82% of its ice since 1912?
The BBC chimes in. Climate change threatens Africa:
As an example of the impact of climate change, WWF says that the ice-cap on Mount Kilimanjaro has shrunk by more than 80% since 1900.
Common Dreams laid into their Global Warming scare tactics:
A photo of Mount Kilimanjaro stripped of its snowcap for the first time in 11,000 years will be used as dramatic testimony for action against global warming as ministers from the world’s biggest polluters meet on Tuesday.
Gathering in London for a two-day brainstorming session on the environment agenda of Britain’s presidency of the Group of Eight rich nations, the environment and energy ministers from 20 countries will be handed a book containing the stark image of Africa’s tallest mountain, among others.
“This is a wake-up call and an unequivocal message that a low-carbon global economy is necessary, achievable and affordable,” said Steve Howard of the Climate Group charity which organised the book and an associated exhibition.
Again. The horrors.
Too bad Kilimanjaro’s meltdown is not caused by Global Warming.
Kilimanjaro’s ice has been melting away for more than a century, and most of that melt occurred before 1953, prior to the period where science begins to be conclusive about atmospheric warming in that region, according to Philip Mote of the University of Washington and Georg Kaser of the University of Innsbruck in Austria.
Also, as a tropical glacier, the processes governing ice melt on Kilimanjaro (located in Tanzania) are different than those on other mid-latitude glaciers located closer to the Earth’s poles.
These other mid-latitude glaciers become warmed and melted by surrounding air in the summer, while the air around Kilimanjaro’s 19,340-foot peak (the tallest in Africa) is generally well below freezing.
Instead, melt on Kilimanjaro is caused by sublimation, which turns ice directly into water vapor at below-freezing temperatures—essentially the glacier gets a giant case of moisture-sapping freezer burn.
You’d think Gore, as an expert environmental scientist would realize this, don’t you? I guess he has more important things on his mind than facts. Oh well.
Again; this is my problem with the concept as anthromorphic Global Warming. We simply do not know enough about our planet to tell us what causes it. The sun? Sunspots? The oceans? Aliens farting on Omicron Persei 8? We simply do not know enough to say for sure. Doing “something” when you don’t even have all the facts is not a wise course of action.
Given that sunspots is, seemingly, the best fit pattern to a warming and cooling trend on this planet (and others in the solar system), why is it continually being ignored for carbon dioxide emissions, economic regulation, and farsical carbon credit schemes? Is the environment even the real agenda here?