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VIDEO | Scientists in Norway are studying the impacts of global warming on the country’s plants and animals. For species like the reindeer, the solution may do just as much harm as the cause
Don’t fence me in

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By this point, it has become widely accepted that global warming is causing the planet’s climate to change, and that these changes are taking place faster in the Arctic than other places. 

The question now is what impacts these changes will have, and what, if anything, can be done about them. This is something Nina, a Norwegian environmental-research institute, has taken up with its Winnit programme.

Winnit (short for ‘winter’ and ‘nitrogen’) aims to answer questions related to Norway’s increasingly unstable winters through a number of field experiments. This week’s first video gives an introduction to its work, as well as some of the initial findings.

Addressing one climate issue sometimes has undesired impacts of its own, and the second video, produced as part of Nina’s Renewable Reindeer project, looks at what the country can do to reduce the fragmentation of the country’s reindeer habitats as Norway seeks to expand development of hydroelectric and wind power in the region.

The increasing spread of humans led to the habitat being carved up in the first place, as barriers such as roads, railways, and as the image below shows, hydroelectric dams and their infrastructure, cut through once undivided ranges.

What the situation now calls for is a win-it-win-it solution.