The first signs of a changing climate are there for all to see. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, a spectacular sight with its icy summit. However, 80% of the ice has been lost since 1912, and it’s estimated that in less than 20 years it will all be gone. The mountain region, with its forests and glaciers, provides water for thousands of square kilometres of farmland and game reserves, but decreasing rainfall is drying the forest out, leaving it increasingly vulnerable to fires. The loss of the famous snows of Kilimanjaro may be largely symbolic, but the failure of the rains and the loss of the forest could be devastating to the region’s food supply. Earth Report travels to the equatorial region of East Africa – south to the verdant slopes of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; north to the drylands around Lake Turkana in Kenya; and then to the central Machakos hills to find out what impacts climate change may have on the livelihoods of the people in this incredibly diverse region.
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