UN Warns of Melting African Glaciers

The United Nations has warned of the rapid shrinking of the glaciers in eastern Africa, which are expected to melt entirely in the future.

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), said that last year’s climate indicators in Africa were marked by sustained warming temperatures, accelerated sea-level rise, extreme weather, and climate events such as floods, landslides, and drought.

“Along with COVID-19 recovery, enhancing climate resilience is an urgent and continuing need. Investments are particularly needed in capacity development and technology transfer, as well as in enhancing country’s early warning systems, including weather, water, and climate observing systems,” Taalas added.

Only three African mountains have glaciers: Mount Kenya, Uganda’sUganda’s Rwenzori Mountains, and Tanzania’sTanzania’s Kilimanjaro. Despite their tiny size, WMO emphasized the glaciers’ tourist and scientific value. 

There is a chance of “total deglaciation” by the 2040s.

Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economic and Agriculture with the African Union Commission, said that increased weather and climate variability disrupt lives and economies.

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