Without a doubt, the melting glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro serve as one of the most public symbols for those concerned about global warming.  But is this valid?  Well not according to the Center for Science and Public Policy, which notes in a recent paper how the glacial retreat on Kilimanjaro is much more complex than the storytellers admit.  For starters, the melting of the Kilimanjaro ice field was recorded back in the mid to late 1800’s, well before the buildup of greenhouse gases.  Secondly, satellite readings of Kilimanjaro and the surrounding region have shown a temperature decline since 1979, thus indicating that atmospheric temperatures could not explain the melting. It appears, then, that any link to global warming is nothing but hot air.

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