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Two African Mountains Stand to Lose Ice Caps

October 14, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

Africa's two highest mountains -- Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya -- will lose their ice cover in 25 to 50 years if deforestation and industrial pollution are not stopped, environmentalists warned Thursday.

Kilimanjaro has already lost 82% of its ice cover over 80 years, said Fredrick Njau of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement. Mt. Kenya has lost 92% over the last 100 years.

"This is a major issue because declining ice caps mean the water tap is effectively going to be turned off, and that is a major concern," said Nick Nuttall from the U.N.'s Environment Program.

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