National Geographic News published some stunning satellite images of Africa last month, courtesy of United Nations Envitonment Program. One of the images shows the glacial retreat occuring on Mount Kilimanjaro between 1976 and 2006. It is estimated that the glaciers have decreased by 80% since the early 20th century.
This story follows after a May 1, 2007 National Geographic News article that stated that the earlier predictions of the glaciers disappearing by 2020 were “unrealistic.” An Austrian-U.S. research team predicted that the ice atop Kilimanjaro would exist for another 30 to 40 years.
Additionally, the team attributes the glacial retreat to lower precipitation, and not global warming.