Santa's Reindeer Shrinking Because of Climate Change, Scientists Say

Newsmax | 12/12/2016 | Staff
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Santa's reindeer that live near the North Pole are shrinking as the global climate gets warmer, researchers say.

Adult reindeer on a chain of Arctic islands north of Norway now weigh only about 106 pounds on average, down about 15 percent from 120 pounds in the 1990s, Norwegian researchers found, Reuters reported.

Summers - Reindeer - Winters - Study - Researcher

“Warm summers are great for reindeer but winters are getting increasingly tough,” said co-lead study researcher Steve Albon from the James Hutton Institute in Scotland, Reuters reported.

When the climate warms even slightly, snowfall will often turn to rain that freezes on contact, blocking the reindeer’s access to the plants they need to survive in winter.

Conditions - Reindeer - Starving - Birth

The adverse conditions lead to more female reindeer starving and giving birth to smaller young that don’t grow up to be as large as...
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