Al Gore has been found wanting once again. The former Vice President, and "global warming expert", who once claimed to have founded the Internet has been disproved yet again. A Dutch climatologist who has undertaken a decade long study of Mount Killiminjaro in Kenya has concluded that the mountain's melting ice cap was a natural occurrence and not as Mr. Gore has famously claimed due to "global warming".
Newspapers and news sites in the Netherlands today extensively broke the news of the findings of a research team led by Professor Jaap Sinninghe Damste — a leading molecular paleontologist at Utrecht University and winner of the prestigious Spinoza Prize — about the melting icecap of the Kilimanjaro, the African mountain that became a symbol of anthropogenic global warming. Professor Sinninghe Damste’s research, as discussed on the site of the Dutch Organization of Scientific Research (DOSR) — a governmental body — shows that the icecap of Kilimanjaro was not the result of cold air but of large amounts of precipitation which fell at the beginning of the Holocene period, about 11,000 years ago.The Dutch professor studied a number of different markers including a biomolecular markers in the sediment found at Lake Challa, at the foot of the mountain. He and his team reconstructed the variations as well as the intensity of rain fall in that portion of Africa over a 25,000 year period. They concluded that a cycle with a period of roughly 11,500 years of wet and dry periods occurred in central east Africa. In the last dry period which occurred approximately 12,800 and 11,500 years ago the mountain peak did not have and ice cap. Sometime during the end of that dry period a serious change in the climate took place as a result in solar radiation. The resulting increased rainfall made the formation of the famous ice cap possible. The start of a new dry period resulted in the disappearance of the ice cap recently. .”
The melting and freezing of moisture on top of Kilimanjaro appears to be part of “a natural process of dry and wet periods.” The present melting is not the result of “environmental damage caused by man.”
DOSR calls Al Gore’s iconic use of the melting cap of Kilimanjaro “unfortunate” — since it now seems to be mainly the result of “natural climate variations.”(emphasis mine)
The journal Nature published the highly technical article by Professor Sinninghe Damste’s team.
The website of Elsevier magazine — the Netherlands’ most circulated political weekly — broke the news as follows: “Dutchman discredits Al Gore’s climate evidence"
So, Al is wrong again...imagine that!