Reindeers graze near a Nenets settlement near the remote village of Gornokniazevsk on the Yamal peninsula, above the polar circle some 2000km (1242 miles) northeast of Moscow, February 27, 2008. The Nenets are indigenous people in Russia's arctic region north of the Urals. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (RUSSIA)

When it comes to climate change iconography, there’s perhaps no image more recognizable than that of a lone polar bear marooned on a melting sheet of ice.
But as the impacts of a continually warming Earth are felt by more species, new emblematic images are emerging: that of emaciated puffins washing up dead on Alaska’s shores; American pikas climbing high into the mountains in search of colder climes; snow-loving wolverines looking lost amidst greenery; and now dead reindeer, starved to death and buried deep in frozen Siberian snow. 
Russia’s Yamal Peninsula, located in northwestern Siberia, has been described as the most productive reindeer-herding region in the world. The animals are well-suited for the freezing temperatures and thick snow. Hundreds of thousands of reindeer are said to roam the area, and are herded by the indigenous Nenets people, who are among the Arctic’s last truly nomadic reindeer herders. 
But climate change is posing a …
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