Yuri Kozyrev | Nomadic Nenet Tribes Under Heavy Threat from Global Warming

Posted by admin | Consequences by NOOR Project, Yuri Kozyrev | Monday 9 November 2009 6:20 pm

Yuri Kozyrev | Russia | Nomadic Nenet tribes of the Yamal peninsula in Siberia

©2009 Yuri Kozyrev/NOOR for Russian Reporter

Yamal peninsula, north-west Siberia, Russia: The camp of the nomadic Nenet tribes of the Yamal peninsula in Siberia.

For 1,000 years the indigenous Nenets people have migrated along the Yamal peninsula. In summer they wander northwards, taking their reindeer with them, across a landscape of boggy ponds, rhododendron-like shrubs and wind-blasted birch trees. In winter they return southwards.

But this remote region of north-west Siberia is now under heavy threat from global warming. Traditionally the Nenets travel across the frozen Ob River in November and set up camp in the southern forests around Nadym. These days, though, this annual winter pilgrimage is delayed. Last year the Nenets, together with many thousands of reindeer, had to wait until late December when the ice was finally thick enough to cross.

Text from: “Climate change in Russia’s Arctic tundra: ‘Our reindeer go hungry. There isn’t enough pasture’ ” by Luke Harding, published in the Guardian, Oct. 22, 2009.

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