Daily Archives: October 29, 2007

Kilimanjaro glacier retreat not due to “deforestation”

The retreat of the glacier on Kilimanjaro was used by Al Gore to show the effects of global climate change. The causation of this phenomenon has been called into question, and critics have cited a “study” which supposedly blamed the disappearance of the glacier on deforestation. That is nonsense. Forests don’t “pump moisture into the air.” Trees consume water and carbon dioxide, and produce oxygen and fixed carbon products. And the “study” was not a study. It was just somebody’s idea in a newspaper story.  For the lowdown on the complexity of Kilimanjaro, see this.

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Sorry, Sen. Imhofe and Mr. Limbaugh, but Greenland is warming

link to NY Times:

…while temperatures here in the south dipped in the 1980s, they have risen steadily since. Between 1961 and 1990, the average annual temperature was 33 degrees; in 2006, it was 35 degrees, according to the Danish Meteorological Institute.

Somebody better tell the wingnuts.

Anderson Cooper visited Greenland:

COOPER: Yes, I can, John. Yes, we’re on Constable Point, which is on the east coast of Greenland. Jeff is much farther west than we are.

A lot of what he said, it’s the same situation here. I mean, Greenland is a prime example, probably the best place to come, to really see the real impact of global warming so far. The average temperatures in Greenland have risen 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit in the last 30 years. That’s more than double the global average. The ice sheet here is melting much faster, faster than anyone thought. It’s really hot.

It’s really caught a lot of scientists by surprise. The models they had to predict about what’s going to happen to sea levels in the coming years, in the coming decades. It may not be that accurate. They’re still trying to figure out exactly what may happen down the road.

But any melting of this icecap, any melting of the ice sheet here, which covers some 82 percent of Greenland, affects sea levels around the world, affects us all.

As we just said already, ice in some place has decreased by as much as 40 percent in the last 40 years — in the last 30 years, an area the size of Texas and a half has already melted.

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