Climate Change Is Starving North Pole Reindeer

Scientists say while there are more reindeer, they are much smaller in size

The Guardian reports the reindeer are losing access to plants because warmer winter temps mean less snowfall. Without snow, the precipitation that falls is often rain which eventually freezes the ground; the ice sheets serve as a barrier between the reindeer and their food. The changes in temperature also mean reindeer have more food in the warmer months, a change that has led to a population boom. So while the reindeer are smaller, there are more of them.

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“Warmer summers are great for reindeer but winters are getting increasingly tough,” the Guardian reports Professor Steve Albon, an who led the reindeer study in conjunction with Norwegian researchers, said. “So far we have more but smaller reindeer.”

The Christian Science Monitor reports the past decade has been hard on the reindeer population. In 2006 and 2013, the Monitor says, over 80,000 reindeer died of starvation linked to warm winters.

[Guardian] full story: http://time.com/4597865/climate-change-is-starving-north-pole-reindeer/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+time%2Ftopstories+%28TIME%3A+Top+Stories%29

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4 thoughts on “Climate Change Is Starving North Pole Reindeer

  1. Climate change may end up starving us all, leading to wars, more poaching for bush meat and ivory. Yet, it was seldom mentioned in the election process, and TRump-GOP denies it and will actively gut EPA.

  2. Climate change won’t bother the deniers until they are treading water themselves. They especially don’t care as long as the animals are the ones suffering. The poaching for bushmeat is decimating the great ape populations in Africa and Indonesia. And the new conservation is focusing on the rights of people more than on the fate of animals. So much for the deep ecology movement. Until we face the human overpopulation, nothing will get better.

    • Just like the Dust Bowl, Washington won’t do a thing until dirt shows up blowing in on their desks. This is very sad, another casualty of overindulged humans. Yes, I am a misanthropist.

  3. You are so right, Roger. And now that Trump has chosen Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, as Secretary of State, we can kiss the Arctic, wildlife, and other remaining natural environments good by.

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