It’s a hard life for reindeer in Lapland.
They have to fight their way through the snow for half a year to get to the scarce food.
At first it sounds positive that future winters in Lapland will be an average of 3 degrees warmer due to climate change.
But less cold and less snow will become a big problem for the reindeer.
The Arctic is warming particularly quickly
The Arctic is considered an early warning system for climate change.
Because global warming is particularly severe there.
Air and water temperatures are rising much faster than the global average.
The Arctic climate report from May 2021 states that the mean air temperature north of the Arctic Circle has risen by 3.1 degrees Celsius over the past 50 years.
As a result, the Arctic is warming three times faster than the world. And so not only the reindeer, but also other fellow sufferers get into trouble particularly quickly.
The ice Bear
Asleep on an ice floe, this polar bear looks so peaceful and cozy plush. But he is in great danger. © picture alliance / imageBROKER, FLPA/Malcolm Schuyl
He is the symbol for climate change: the polar bear, whose paws are melting away the pack ice.
The polar bears hunt seals on the huge ice surfaces, which consist of ice floes that have been pushed together.
In holes in the pack ice, the seals gasp for air – and the polar bears shut.
By 2050, a third of the world’s polar bear populations could be gone if global warming continues to melt the pack ice, WWF estimates.
Because the polar bears are starving, are weakened for hunting, have fewer offspring, but instead face more competition from other bear species on the mainland and ultimately die exhausted.
The arctic fox
So cute and so endangered: the arctic fox is one of the animal species most threatened by climate change. © picture alliance / imageBROKER, W. Rolfes
If the polar bears die, the arctic foxes also lose an important food source.
They often follow the white giants on their hunt for prey to get hold of the leftovers of the polar bear’s meal.
The arctic fox survives temperatures down to -50 degrees.
But when the winters get warmer, he gets competition from the red fox, which pushes further and further north.
And because the red fox is bigger and stronger than the arctic fox, the latter often comes out on top.
Its camouflage – white fur in winter and grey-brown fur in summer – also fails as the snow melts earlier and earlier.
The walrus is also poorly off in climate change. It loves and needs ice floes, but they are dwindling.
Like polar bears, walruses depend on the pack ice and its ice floes.
They can’t swim and dive that long, so they need frequent resting places.
When there is no ice, the massive marine mammals congregate on the narrow coastal strips, e.g. the Russian Arctic coast.
In these places it sometimes gets so narrow that young animals are crushed, mass panics arise and animals fall off the cliffs in search of a resting place.
The narwhals cannot defend themselves against climate change with their “dagger”.
The narwhals, the unicorns of the sea, are hit twice by climate change.
The melting of the ice not only changes their hunting, resting and feeding grounds, the animals are also exposed to mercury.
The mercury blown into the atmosphere by coal-fired power plants entered the Arctic ice with air currents and precipitation. The rising temperatures are now ensuring that the ice is melting and the toxic contaminated sites are being released.
Unlike other animals, narwhals cannot get rid of environmental toxins.
They have no hair or feathers to lose.
And I mean…Now there are gloomy forecasts
The earth has already warmed up by a good one degree.
If carbon dioxide continued to be emitted as it has been up to now, its content in the atmosphere could double in the next 60 to 80 years compared to the time before industrialization.
By the way: The lion’s share of environmental pollution is caused by the so-called “civilized” world.
Due to the warming of the earth, the poles are melting and the sea level is rising, new heat records are being reported year after year, meat consumption and water-intensive agriculture are increasing worldwide, therefore rainforest is being cut down cheerfully and diligently, the emissions of the civilized, “developing” world are increasing rapidly.
Why isn’t there actually a forecast of what will happen if the temperature rises by 3 degrees?
Because it’s probably the more realistic thing, so it’s better not to mention it at all, our experts and politicians do that as a profession, because then it has no consequence, just don’t mention it, then there will be no panic and enough illusion
Global warming will have an enormous impact on human living conditions.
There will be great damage for private individuals but also for entire economies.
There will be migration movements and associated attempts to defend themselves.
There will be clashes between states over access to resources.
It is to be expected that these clashes will not be free of violence.
Climate protection does not only mean showing consideration for nature and animals, but preserving living conditions and avoiding economic damage.
We can no longer prevent climate change, but we must do our part to slow it down – so that we can continue to survive on our planet.
The first and fundamentally most important contribution would be the abolition of factory farming and the renunciation of meat and animal products.
My best regards to all, Venus