First it was the cuddly polar bears (Warning: Polar bears only look cuddly from a distance. They are not really. Should you by chance have a close encounter with a polar bear, do not attempt to cuddle with it) and the cute little penguins, and now USA Today reports that reindeer are endangered by climate change:
Thirteen of the Arctic’s 23 largest migrating herds are now in decline, according to the 2010 Arctic Report Card by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A Canadian study last year found that global reindeer populations have fallen 57% from their peak over the past two decades.
“Arctic herds in particular are challenged by climate change, just like polar bears are,” study author and University of Alberta ecologist Mark Boyce told Mother Nature Network’s Russell McLendon. “It’s in the Arctic that climate change is happening faster than anywhere else on the planet.”
Can Santa’s workshop and the elf population (herds?) be far behind?