July 30, 2019

Svalbard Reindeer Die-off - Global Warming Blamed

Timothy Birdnow

Apparently now Global Warming is being blamed for dead reindeer on Svalbard.

From the article:

Climate change is bringing warmer temperatures to Svalbard, which means more precipitation. And heavy rainfall in December is thought to be responsible for the unusually high number of reindeer deaths, the researchers wrote on May 28 on the NPI website.

After the December rain hit the ground, the precipitation froze, creating "tundra ice caps," a thick layer of ice that prevented reindeer from reaching vegetation in their usual winter grazing pastures. This forced the animals to dig pits in shoreline snow to find seaweed and kelp, which are less nutritious than the reindeer's usual fare.

Considering that reindeer are foraging critters, how is it that global warming - which would increase the amount of forage - has starved them to death?

Global Warming types try to have it all their own way. Oh, and given the increase in polar bear numbers, is it any surprise reindeer are starving? They fear being killed if they go out too far. It amazes me that they try to spin this as a problem of warming when they say it rained a lot and then the rain froze. Yeah; that warmth is freezing everything.

Also, six Arctic foxes and one reindeer have been found with rabies, in a place where there was no such illness. How did it get there? I though the ice had all melted. It's just not possible for something that was infected to have walked to the archipelago.

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