18 Dec '14, 7pm

Sorry kids, Santa is running out of reindeers

Sorry kids, Santa is running out of reindeers

Santa will soon have to take the bus... Here's a rather sad seasonal tale: The iconic reindeer, known to kids as Santa's source of flying locomotion, is in trouble. In the northern regions where it lives around the globe, populations are declining, with a drop of about 60% just in the past 3 decades, mostly because of climate change and habitat destruction by humans (such as by logging activity in Finland).Changes in temperatures, which are magnified near the poles of our planet, are particularly problematic : "Earlier spring green-ups now occur before migrating herds arrive north. This deprives mothers and calves of quality feeding. Warmer summers cause more intense insect activity, harassing animals and affecting their feeding. The impact of more freezing rain, in place of snow, has negatively impacted lichens that animals feed on during the colder months." Wikimedia /Pu...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/sorry-kids-s...

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