Saturday, October 03, 2009
Reference: A thermostatic time bomb, Bangkok Post Brunch Magazine, October 4, 2009
The claim that our carbon dioxide emissions are causing the ice on Mount Kilimanjaro to melt is based on a comparison of the ice extent in 1993 with that in 2001 and the hysterical prediction at that time that continued use of fossil fuels will cause the peak to become ice free by 2016. Since then, however, other facts have come to light that have discredited the global warming hypothesis in explaining the loss of ice on Kilimanjaro. It is therefore surprising to see that the Bangkok Post is still carrying the Kilimanjaro icon as a call to arms in the war against carbon dioxide (A thermostatic time bomb, Bangkok Post Brunch Magazine, October 4, 2009). As it turns out, the loss of ice was due to aridity and not warming; the process is sublimation not melting; and it started at least as early as 1912 when atmospheric CO2 was below 300 ppm. Furthermore, the ice appears to have stabilized and the various projections of its demise by 2016, 2020, or 2030 have all been withdrawn.