The 2012 US summer drought caused many holiday tree seedlings in Michigan and Tennessee to die this year, reports Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones, which means in 6 or 7 years, when they would have matured, people there will be fighting to get a holiday tree. Will this be true in other states? Time will tell. Meanwhile, reindeer populations are dramatically declining in the far north, as changing weather undercuts their food supply, reports Steve Curwood at Living On Earth. Up to 84% of one major Canadian herd has died off, while herds worldwide are estimated to be 60% lower from previous levels. Jeff Flocken, the head of US Policy for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said that normally winter food can be uncovered through the fluffy snow that covers it. But with climate change creating occasional snowmelts, subsequent drops in temperature create hard covers of ice that the reindeer cannot break through. Warmer temperatures are also attracting mineral explorations, which disrupt habitat. Reindeer declines, in turn, are having dramatic repercussions on the native tribes that depend on these animals around the arctic circle.
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The real war on Christmas: climate change. An actual war on Christmas is coming – and it’s spurred by climate change. The summer drought caused many Christmas holiday tree seedlings in Tennessee to die this year. Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/12/real-war-christmas-climate-change see also: http://news.jrn.msu.edu/capitalnewsservice/2012/11/30/christmas-tree-growers-grapple-with-drought-future/
Reindeer populations in decline. Reindeer, or caribou, are in dramatic decline in the far north. Changing weather makes food hard to obtain for some caribou. Also indigenous communities depend on the herds for food and as a cultural touchstone. Living On Earth http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00049&segmentID=4