Snows on Mount Kilimanjaro Likely Gone in 20 Years

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Made famous by Ernest Hemingway, who wrote the short story “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, Mount Kilimanjaro is in danger of losing its famous snowy peak.  Research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that all the glaciers on Mount Kilimanjaro may completely disappear in the next twenty years.  In 2007, 85% of the glaciers present in 1912 had melted.  Additionally, 25% of the glaciers present in 2000 had melted by 2007.  While changes in snowfall and cloudiness have an impact on the melting, the researchers pointed to increased global temperatures as the main culprit.  For more information, see Science Daily.

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