In his 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore asserted there would be no more snows on Mt. Kilimanjaro by the year 2016. To the contrary, Mt. Kilimanjaro, located just 205 miles from the equator in Tanzania, continues to host huge, year-round glaciers and snowfall on a regular basis. In fact, today’s eight-day weather forecast for Mt. Kilimanjaro, provided by weather.com via Google, shows a forecast of snow every day for the foreseeable future.

On page 45 of his 2006 book, Gore writes, “Another friend, Dr. Lonnie Thompson of Ohio State University, is the world’s leading expert on mountain glaciers. Here he is at the top of Kilimanjaro in 2000 with the pitiful last remnants of one of its great glaciers. He predicts that within 10 years there will be no more ‘Snows of Kilimanjaro.’”

However, the website www.just-kilimanjaro.com reports the snow-capped mountain peak continues to exist “with permanent glaciers covering its entire tip.”

The website www.deeperafrica.com reports similar year-round snow. “Ice and snow can be found year-round on the mountain’s upper reaches. There are massive glaciers, ice fields, and towering walls of ice that blaze in the equatorial sun,” the website reports.

And, finally, here is today’s eight-day forecast for Mt. Kilimanjaro, as provided by weather.com via Google:

Climate alarmism is “settled science,” right? Challenging the claims of Al Gore and other climate alarmists is “denying climate science” and “attacking science” right?

We at Climate Realism will keep you posted on the statement-of-correction sure to be issued very soon by Al Gore.

[The Wikimedia Commons image of Mt. Kilimanjaro is from the user Chris 73 and is freely available at //commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mt._Kilimanjaro_12.2006.JPG under the creative commons cc-by-sa 3.0 license.]

James Taylor is Director of the Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy at The Heartland Institute. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.

6 COMMENTS

  1. In July 1972 I was on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. We had gone up from Marangu without meeting any snow until we got to the rim of the crater. Inside the crater there was a perfectly shaped pyramid of ice, with a raven sitting at the very top. We did not walk along the rim of the crater to Uhuru point, where we were told there was ice. Across from the crater we could see an impressive wall of ice, and took pictures. A week later, flying over Kilimajaro on our way from Nairobi to Tananarive, Madagascar, I took pictures of the mountain, and saw only a very narrow band of ice outside the crater rim. All the photographs I now see of the mountain show much more ice than there was at the time. So much for Al Gore’s predictions.

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