Andreas is worried about the interest of mining companies in land near his pastures.
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Winter temperatures in Norway's Lapland could rise dramatically this century, with potentially devastating consequences for the region's reindeer and the indigenous Sami people who make their living herding them.The change affects grazing conditions for the 146,000 or so semidomesticated reindeer in the region who feed on lichen and moss under the snow.While temperatures in Kautokeino, Norway's main reindeer-herding hub, used to regularly drop to minus 40 degrees Celsius for several weeks at a time, nowadays this happens only rarely and briefly.The mercury is expected to rise by 7 to 8 degrees Celsius in winter in Finnmark by the end of this century, according to Rasmus Benestad, a researcher at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.A recurring problem for the reindeer now is alternating periods of thaw and freezing, which create thick layers of ice that the starving reindeer are unable to penetrate with their hooves.
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