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'Global Warming' Blamed For Drastic Decline In World's Reindeer Population - Zero Hedge - 12-25-2018

'Global Warming' Blamed For Drastic Decline In World's Reindeer Population

<p><strong>In the run-up to <a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/991/us-christmas-season/">Christmas</a>, some upsetting news has emerged regarding wild populations of reindeer and caribou in the Arctic.</strong> Over the past two decades, their numbers have fallen from nearly five million to just 2.1 million animals, according to the latest <a href="https://arctic.noaa.gov/">Arctic Report Card</a> released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/16388/estimated-number-of-tundra-caribou-and-wild-reindeer/"><em>As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes,</em></a><strong> that represents a decline of 56 percent since the mid-1990s. </strong></p>

<p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/16388/estimated-number-of-tundra-caribou-and-wild-reindeer/" title="Infographic: Drastic Decline In Arctic Reindeer Population | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: Drastic Decline In Arctic Reindeer Population | Statista" height="356" src="https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_16388_estimated_number_of_tundra_caribou_and_wild_reindeer_n.jpg" style="max-width: 960px;" width="500" /></a></p>

<p><em>You will find more infographics at <a href="https://www.statista.com/chartoftheday/">Statista</a></em></p>

<p>Some herds are faring better than others and researchers have found that in some cases, several herds have crashed by more than 90 percent. <strong>The drastic decline is due to a complex mix of factors such as hunting, disease, a lack of food and <a href="https://www.statista.com/topics/1148/global-climate-change/">climate change</a>. </strong>Even though the Arctic is getting warmer which results in more vegetation for the animals, increasing levels of drought, flies and parasites are taking a toll on them.</p>

<p>Reindeer and caribou are the same species - Rangifer tarandus - but there are notable differences between them. Caribou are larger elk-like animals that have never been domesticated while reindeer are smaller and were domesticated in northern Eurasia about 20,000 years ago. <strong>The grim findings of the report hardly come as a surprise</strong> given that the WWF released a global assessment of the health of animal populations all over the world earlier this year, finding that <strong>average vertebrate (bird, fish, mammals, amphibians) population has shrunk 60 percent since 1970.</strong></p>

<p><strong>Of course, there is another reason...</strong></p>

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<p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Robot Reindeer Pulling Santa<br />
Boston Dynamics <a href="https://t.co/gm5ENOCXek">pic.twitter.com/gm5ENOCXek</a></p>
— 41 Strange (@41Strange) <a href="https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/1071534016933748736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 8, 2018</a></blockquote>
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