The melting snow-cap on Uganda’s Mountain Rwenzori has prompted its delegation to the Marrakesh Climate convention to demand countries with large emitters of greenhouses gases to pay for such losses caused by gas triggered global warming.
Countries are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco for the 22nd United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
Mountain Rwenzori is located in west of Uganda along the boarder with Democratic Republic of Congo. The highest Rwenzori peaks are permanently snow-capped, and along with Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya are the only such ones in equatorial Africa
Uganda’s prominent Professor of zoology John Kaddu, who is leading the delegation said carbon emissions from other parts of the world are behind the rise in temperature now responsible for the glacier retreat on top of Rwenzori.
“The melting of snow emerges from the rising temperatures which dates back from many centuries of gases from industries,” Prof Kaddu said.
He said the continued melting of snow on top of Rwenzori is likely to impact negatively on people’s livelihoods.
“In Uganda when there is warming, there is snow melting and when the snow melts, you get irregular movement of water downstream from the snow,” said Kaddu, adding that this water affects coffee growing on the slopes of the mountain and is responsible for flooding.
Uganda’s briefing paper at the Conference indicates that the snow has melted from 7.5Km in 1905 to 1.5km in 2006.
According to the same document, temperature change from the median in the next coming 50 years is projected at +2 to +3 degrees celicious across the country.
Credit: Daily Monitor