Wednesday, December 20, 2006

There are no more Snows of Kilamanjaro

Climate Change Melts Kilimanjaro's Snows ... in An Inconvenient Truth one of the factoids Al Gore mentions is the melting of the glaciers at the peak of Mount Kilamanjaro and some neighboring mountains. One of my co-workers was born in Kenya and last year he made a special trip there so he could climb that mountain one time before the snow on the mountain disappears.

These retreating glaciers are part of a global pattern of long-standing mountain-top glaciers disappearing.

This is first a clear indication of global warming. Beyond that it is threatening the societies that grew over millennia around those mountains, their lives relying on the water melting off those glaciers. Once the glaciers are gone, how can those people grow their crops, have water to drink, etc?