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In Sweden's Arctic, global warming threatens reindeer herds

Posted at 4:24 AM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 04:25:04-05

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Global warming is threatening reindeer herding in Sweden's arctic region as unusual weather patterns jeopardize the migrating animals' grazing grounds.

Rainfall during the winter has led to thick layers of ice that block access to food.

Already pressured by the mining and forestry industry, and other development that encroaches on grazing land, Sami herding communities fear climate change could mean the end of their traditional lifestyle.

A collaboration between reindeer herders and scientists from Stockholm University is attempting to shed light on the dramatic weather changes in the arctic and develop tools to better predict weather events and their impacts.