Fairfax Fantasy: Kilimanjaro glaciers shrinking due to global warming

Like a bad penny, this story just keeps cropping up. It started in Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, and has been repeated thousands of time since. Trouble is, it’s just not true:

The snows capping Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest peak, are shrinking rapidly and could vanish altogether in 20 years, most likely due to global warming, a US study says. [“Most likely”? Or should that be “most conveniently”? – Ed]

The ice sheet that capped Kilimanjaro in 1912 was 85 per cent smaller by 2007, and since 2000 the existing ice sheet has shrunk by 26 per cent, the paleoclimatologists said.

The findings point to the rise in global temperatures as the most likely cause of the ice loss. Changes in cloudiness and precipitation may have also played a smaller, less important role, especially in recent decades, they added. [Yeah, of course, it would be less important now, especially since we have an AGW agenda to plug – Ed]

The reality is that the peak of Kilimanjaro has remained below freezing, and that temperatures have not risen in 30 years. Whatever is causing the retreat of glaciers on Kilimanjaro, it ain’t “global warming”. But as usual, don’t let that get in the way of a good story.

Read it here.

UPDATE: Anthony Watts sets the record straight: It’s evapotranspiration, stupid

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