(Tea Party 247) – Deck the halls with climate propaganda.
While the rest of us enjoy some eggnog, gifts, and triggering our leftist relatives, leave it to climate alarmists to find some Christmas-themed lie to tell us about the plight of our planet.
The Guardian’s Weatherwatch reports that reindeer, aka Caribou, locally, are highly adaptable to extremely cold weather.
While certainly, they can’t fly, their biological design “seems proof of God’s hand in their creation,” as Breitbart notes, then quoting the Guardian:
For a start, a reindeer’s feet have four toes with dewclaws that spread out to distribute its weight like snowshoes, and are equipped with sharp hooves for digging in snow.
A reindeer’s nose warms the air on its way to the lungs, cooling it again before it is exhaled. As well as retaining heat, this helps prevent water from being lost as vapour. This is why reindeer breath does not steam like human and horse breath.
Snowfields may be featureless to human eyes, but reindeer are sensitive to ultraviolet light, an evolutionary development that only occurred after the animals moved to Arctic regions. Snow reflects ultraviolet, so this ultravision allows reindeer to spot anything lying on it, in particular lichen, which they eat, and traces of urine showing where other reindeer have passed.
Live Science also has a few more fun facts about these animals:
Reindeer are built for the cold. Their noses warm up air before it gets to their lungs and their entire bodies, including their hooves, are covered with fur. These creatures can’t fly, but they can run. According to the San Diego Zoo, they can run up to 50 mph.
The Guardian, however, claims that a freeze-thaw weather pattern (which is of course due to climate change, they claim) is endangering these cold-weather-hearty creatures by limiting their access to lichen, which they graze on.
They also claim that the death of 200 reindeer earlier this year in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard was all because of climate change, according to the Norwegian Polar Institute, which cited starvation.
“Climate change is making it rain much more. The rain falls on the snow and forms a layer of ice on the tundra, making grazing conditions very poor for animals,” Ashild Onvik Pederson, leader of an annual census of the Caribu on these arctic islands, told the Guardian.
What The Guardian does not tell us, however, is that a large number of reindeer deaths were recorded between 2007-2008…but not in the subsequent years leading up to the most recent census.
The outlet also goes on to almost cluelessly note that the reindeer population has actually been exploding despite the weather patterns:
The increased mortality is also due in part to a significant increase in the number of reindeer in the Norwegian archipelago. That is partly thanks to climate crisis and the warmer summers, meaning more individuals compete in the same grazing areas.
Since the 1980s, the number of reindeer has doubled in Svalbard, and now stands at about 22,000, according to the Norwegian Polar Institute.