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While recent data showing an increase in Arctic ice indicates that global warming warnings may not be considering all factors impacting the environment for good and bad, some insist the negative severity of climate change is here to stay and threatening these 5 beloved Christmas traditions.
With new climate reports being published on daily basis, many insist the negative severity of climate change is here to stay and threatening these 5 beloved Christmas traditions according to the Smithsonian magazine: :
Number 5 – Reindeer – Endangered populations are decreasing as reindeer lose more of the lichen-rich habitat needed to nourish them due to warmer temperatures and changing landscapes.
Number 4 – Christmas Trees – Recent extreme temperatures, droughts, and floods as well as the possible spread of root rot have farmers uncertain if they can keep producing firs and pines at current numbers.
Number 3 – White Christmas – Snow cools the Earth, supplies water, shelters animals, and fuels winter sports, among other benefits. Declining snow cover from 1966 to 2010 in the Northern Hemisphere has many expecting a snowy Christmas to become a thing of the past.
Number 2 – Hot Cocoa – Two West African countries provide 50 percent of the Earth’s chocolate. As land appropriate for growing cacao disappears, chocolate will be sold at higher prices.
Number 1 – North Pole – Not only has Canada recently claimed Santa’s home, but if we accept it’s been turning to water and ice-free summers will come as soon as 2016, Santa has probably drowned. Don’t tell the kids.