Olav Mathis Eira lives in northern Norway and has been a reindeer herder his whole life. He is worried about changes in the climate that he has witnessed over the last 20 years. Winter rains have increased, which then freeze and form a shield of ice over the vegetation. As a result it is harder for his reindeer to find food.
Climate change impacts in Norway
- In several northern hemiphere mountain systems, treelines have markedly shifted to higher elevations during the 20th century such as in the Scandes [126.96.36.199].
- Species ranges of alpine plants also have extended to higher altitudes in the Norwegian Scandes [188.8.131.52].
- Central Norway: Thermophilic (warmth-requiring) plant species have become significantly more frequent compared with 30 years ago. In contrast, there has been a small decline in the presence of traditionally cold-tolerant species [184.108.40.206].