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Reindeer herders fear Arctic industry boom

Reindeer herder Elle Merete Omma says climate change is causing problems for her animals, but so are the carbon-cutting industries designed to fight it.

“We are having a double burden actually at the moment,” says Ms Omma, “I’m worried about the future.”

  • Maddy Savage
  • BBC

She belongs to a community of indigenous Sami reindeer herders near the city of Umeå in northern Sweden, who say they’ve been affected by the climate crisis.

Thick fluffy snow usually falls from November onwards, but the start of this winter was mild, with rain and sleet instead.

This freezes quickly and makes it harder for reindeer to graze on lichen, their…

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