How reindeer help protect the North Pole from climate change – study

Posted: December 23, 2016 by oldbrew in climate, Idiots, research

Image credit: BBC

Image credit: BBC

No it’s not April 1st and we’re not making it up. It’s Christmas but the climate propaganda machine has to keep churning out the pop stories, however absurd they may sound.

Reindeer play an important role in assisting Santa, but it’s their vital work in protecting the North Pole from climate change which scientists are keen to highlight this Christmas, says The Daily Telegraph.

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and the rest of the gang’s heavy grazing helps make the surface of the North Pole more reflective – also known as “albedo”.

“Our theory was that heavy grazing by reindeer increases summer albedo, through a reduction in shrub height, abundance and leaf area index (LAI),” she said.

“The effect reindeer grazing can have on albedo and energy balances is potentially large enough to be regionally important. It also points towards herbivore management being a possible tool to combat future warming.

The reduction in shrub height helps boost the amount of solar radiation bouncing back into space instead of it being absorbed into the earth.

Researcher Dr Mariska te Beest, from Umea University in Sweden, told the Press Association (PA) it could make a big difference to the impact of global warming in the far north.

Read the whole thing here – if you can bear it.

  1. bjc70 says:

    I would have thought they had more pressing things to worry about.

    [reply] Like their own sanity for example 🙂

  2. Saighdear says:

    Now I am a little weary, rushing around in front of Babs – then she never turned up here…. could do with a wee Dram – but no, stay sober for Christmas and have come across this. Albedo effect … ahum. … What are they doing in Amazonia ? reducing the height of the foliage there too. how is that different? I know, before any wyze guy comments – Santa doesnt live there…. Yes Global warming IS man-made – by the Falsy Brigade
    Merry Xmas a’body

  3. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    How other people’s (taxpayers) money is wasted, by the BILLIONS, on climate-change-obsessed ‘studies’…

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  5. BLACK PEARL says:

    “Scientists Say” How many times does a sentence start with these words, as though it holds any more credibility (unfortunately) than a politician or a faith leader.

  6. Richard111 says:

    “the gang’s heavy grazing helps make the surface of the North Pole more reflective”

    AW, c’mon!

  7. oldbrew says:

    The reindeer plan’s not working and the BBC is getting agitated. Eat more tundra!

    Arctic heatwave could break records

    Cold enough in Siberia…

    Tony Heller comments on his blog:
    ‘What is actually going on in the Arctic is a loop in the jet stream which brought less cold air to the North Pole, and extremely cold air to the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and Siberia.’

    ‘Greenland has been having near record cold this month, with temperatures approaching -60C.’

  8. oldbrew says:

    Thanks Fen, cracker indeed! Merry Christmas to you too and to all our readers / visitors.

  9. p.g.sharrow says:

    Twas the night before Christmas and all through the pad, not a critter was stirring, not even Old Dad. etc:
    Many others; Marry Christmas…pg

  10. Lawrence Poe says:

    Ah, but … while large reindeer herds might mitigate warming by increasing the sumertime albedo of their grazing lands, their consumption of all that vegetation will result int the emission of many thousands of tons of greenhouse gases as reindeer farts, which will tend to exacerbate warming. Climateers will need to build both mitigating and exacerbating effects into their models to determine whether the net effect is negative or positive.