One of the most localized and emotional posterchildren of the global warming doom in the last decade has been the snowcap on the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
It's been retreating for quite some time and global warming alarmists were assuring everyone that the snowcap was disappearing because of CO2 emissions and it would be gone by 2015. Needless to say, the list included Al Gore and An Inconvenient Truth (see 2:20-4:00) in 2006.
Mass Live.COM informs about some fresh research done by people including some folks at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst:
I am talking about a 2002 paper in Science called
Like the hockey stick, the shrinking snowcap of Mount Kilimanjaro became one of the most costly overhyped pieces of sloppy science in the history of mankind. Many people have believed that CO2-Kilimanjaro link despite the fact that it had been known that the retreat began long before CO2 emissions became significant. Local moisture was arguably more important for the fate of the snowcap.
Even more importantly, it was realized in the very new research that although the area may be shrinking, the thickness of the snowcap isn't really getting any thinner, and it's the thickness that decides about the long-term survival.
Representatives for Al Gore declined to comment on this article, Mass Live.COM says near the end of the text. ;-)