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Save the Reindeer, Save the Arctic

Grazing may slow Arctic climate change, a new study finds — but we’re gonna need more reindeer.

Santa’s reindeer enjoy big headlines just once a year, but, in fact, they’re busy the rest of the time protecting their frozen turf from global warming. As millions of the Arctic ungulates graze the circumpolar tundra, they thin out shrubs, creating shiny clearings that bounce solar radiation back into space.

January 6, 2017 - 15:30