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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Climate Change: 80,000 Reindeer Starve to Death as Arctic Sea Ice Retreats



In 2006 and 2013, tens of thousands of reindeer died because of global warming caused by human-influenced climate change in the polar regions of Russia. If similar meteorological effects take place this year, Russia’s reindeer industry will face catastrophe. Reindeer, Russia’s cattle of the Arctic regions, suffered terrible losses in 2006 and 2013, as thick ice covered snow due to effects of global warming. Over 80,000 animals died during the period, a repeat could be a tragedy for the 270,000-animal population. In the autumn of 2006 and 2013, sea ice began to melt instead of building up as it normally does at that time of the year, leading to a high level of water evaporation, forming large storm systems over the shore. Then, winds moved the clouds south, where indigenous herders were moving their reindeer. According to Bruce Forbes at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi FINLAND), resulting rains covered the snow with a thick layer of ice that became unbreakable for the animals when temperatures plunged to —40 degrees. He said:

Reindeer are used to sporadic ice cover, and adult males can normally smash through ice around 2 centimetres thick, but in 2006 and 2013, the ice was several tens of centimetres thick.

This year, the sea-ice cover was the second-lowest on record in the Arctic, and there is fear of another famine. Forbes commented:

If we see such events again this year, it could mean that they’re becoming more frequent. Now is the risk window, and if it happens again, it will be a major problem for traditional reindeer herders still suffering from losses in 2013.

This year, a famine would be especially damaging as authorities scheduled a massive cull to cope with an anthrax outbreak amongst reindeer. Anthrax, a bacterial infection that quickly spreads among animals, can spread to humans. Recently, at least one child died and 90 people went to hospital in the region due to the deadly disease, causing state authorities to order emergency culling and vaccination of reindeer herds.

17 November 2016

Sputnik International



Sunday, 23 November 2014

23 November 2014. Is It Siberia? NAW! It’s Buffalo NY in November!

00 snow. Cheektowaga NY. 22.11.14


This is Cheektowaga NY (that’s the Buffalo area, for them not in the know) on 18 November 2014… now, even for there, it’s EARLY for snow, especially, this amount. It DOES look like Siberia, but it’s upstate New York. I live in the Albany area… which is east, not west, but we’ve gotten some early snows and early frosts, too, but not as much. Oddly enough, this is an aspect of climate change, as friends up in Alaska tell me that ODD things are happening with the Arctic ice. It has to do with more moisture in the atmosphere caused by global warming (it seems contradictory, but it isn’t). Sorry, Rush Limboob and Ann Coulter… you STILL suck wind big-time…


Saturday, 22 November 2014

Nearly Half of Americans Associate Climate Change with the End of the World

Fr Vladislav Provotorov. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 1985

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Fr Vladislav Provotorov



The Atlantic, citing the Public Religion Research Institute , wrote that almost half of Americans, namely, 49 percent, believe that climate change and natural disasters portend the beginning of the Apocalypse. At the same time, the number of people with such views depends on which segment of the population that you ask. For example, often, white Evangelical Christians take the view that natural disasters are a sign of the End Times, and are less inclined to believe that this is a consequence of climate change (in the survey, one could choose both). On the other hand, the majority of black Protestants not only believe this, but more strongly. The study notes that since 2011 the number of Americans who believe that such things are a sign of the Apocalypse or Doomsday rose. The survey results came from telephone interviews conducted in English and Spanish from 18 September to 8 October 2014 amongst 3,022 people over 18-years-old living in the USA (1,502 were interviewed using mobile phones).

22 November 2014

Rossiya Segodnya


Sunday, 26 May 2013

26 May 2013. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Warming: Observations and Forecasts

00 RIA-Novosti Infographics. Global Warming. Observations and Forecasts. 2013


The problem of global warming is one of the key environmental problems facing mankind. Scientists link many changes in animal behaviour and lifestyle and plant development to global warming. To learn more about the possible consequences of global warming, see our RIA-Novosti Infographic.

On 20 May, the international RIA-Novosti multimedia press centre launched a new educational/informational project in conjunction with the Polytechnic Museum, “Science Monday”, which opened with a showing of the documentary Chasing Ice, by the American filmmaker Jeff Orlowski, working with a script by Mark Monroe. This picture, a nominee for an “Oscar” in the category “Best Documentary Film“, is dedicated to one of the main dangers of global warming… the melting of the polar ice caps. In addition to viewing this relevant and interesting film, the event will include discussions, lectures, and workshops with the participation of the filmmakers and the film’s direct heroes… scientists and researchers involved in polar research.

20 May 2013




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