Now look here, all you warmists and you warming-deniers, I don't care which of you is right about Kilimanjaro. I don't care whether Al Gore is correct in saying that the icy crown is being lost to global warming. And I don't care whether Christopher Booker is right to point out that the more likely culprit is deforestation of the surrounding area, which has reduced precipitation at the summit. I don't give a monkey's because the fundamental cause is the same.
It's us, folks. When I last came to Tanzania in 1976, the place had a population of 17 million. That has now more than doubled to almost 43 million. It is the relentless expansion in the number of human beings that is polluting the air and burning off the forests and driving species after species to the verge of extinction. That is why the remaining wilderness of Africa is so glorious and so important.