More than 200 reindeer starved from global warming

Do not think that it is only polar bears that are starving and suffering from the consequences of global warming in the Arctic. Researchers at the Polar Institute in Norway have discovered the discovery of more than 200 reindeer carcasses on Svalbard Island that have perished from food shortages - due to rising temperatures.


According to the researchers, the main source of food for these animals is the vegetation that normally lies under snow. However, climatic variations are making access to these plants much more difficult, and as a result reindeer are failing to reach them and consume the nutrients they need to survive.

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More precisely, global warming has been causing rainfall to intensify in the region during the winter, and the problem is that precipitation on snow causes a layer of ice to form, which in turn prevents reindeer from feeding. One option is to migrate to other regions and to consume alternatives - including seaweed, such as the Svalbard reindeer - but younger, older and weaker animals cannot survive large displacements, being the first to die, and Marine plants, besides not being very nutritious, can cause digestive problems in animals.

Reindeer, fortunately, are not yet endangered animals, but because of variations due to global warming, migrations are becoming increasingly prevalent and the tendency is for these creatures to start competing for food.

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According to the scientists, they observed that surviving adults are thinner and show no fat in certain parts of the body, indicating that they are malnourished, not to mention that the number of females expecting puppies has dropped. In addition, on the dead animals, all carcasses discovered showed signs of malnutrition.

Such a death rate had only been observed at another time after the winter of 2007-2008, but, thinking that the Arctic is experiencing temperatures almost equivalent to twice the global average, these episodes may begin to subside. become more frequent. Unfortunately.