The glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro are almost gone and there is no debate that human impact on the environment is the cause. There is however a debate as to the cause of the ice loss. Some suggest it is due to global warming while new studies suggest the ice loss is due to massive deforestation on the eastern slopes. This leads to less transpiration of humid air which causes less ice accumulation at elevation. In all likelihood, both human factors are clearly resulting in the iconic ice capped mountain to look more like a bare rock in the heart of Africa.