Peru – More than 250,000 alpacas die of cold and snow

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President declares state of emergency.

Peru’s government has declared a state of emergency in parts of the southern Andean region of Puno hit with the coldest temperatures in a decade, daily El Comercio reported.

President Ollanta Humala announced the emergency for seven provinces in Puno – Carabaya, Sandia, Lampa, San Antonio de Putina, Melgar, Puno and El Collao.

Hundreds of families have been affected and more than 250,000 alpacas have died due to freezing temperatures and snow storms.

Passengers on buses running between Puno and Arequipa were forced to wait some eight to 10 hours on the icy highways at temperatures of minus 15 degrees Celsius.

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

27 thoughts on “Peru – More than 250,000 alpacas die of cold and snow”

  1. It is not odd that the high Andean areas of Peru should get severe cold and heavy snow – they are over 12000 feet high, in parts up to and over 18000 feet high, so that more than outweighs their relative nearness to the equator. However, the cold has been getting more severe still, the snowstorms worse…another pointer to the colder conditions now affecting much of the world, though “green” climate change activists refuse to acknowledge this.

  2. The six months I was in Peru I never saw frost.

    But was during the austral summer.

    Lots of Eucalpytus will get killed.

  3. Is this a scam to get alpaca owners to boost their prices of alpacas and products up? I own a few alpaca myself and I’m not trying to sale or buy them at the outrageous costs some people sale them at.

  4. You all may want to confirm your weather info. The Intellicast and the Weather Channel don’t say anything about severe weather being active down there in the last month. Check it out….

  5. If things remain the same, here’s the next Climatologist to lose his job. Seems he is rebuking the meme of a warming plant. Summer of 2013 among coolest on record in Alabama, continues cooling trend.

    In fact, the summer of 2013 will be listed as one of the coolest summers in the past 131 years, according to state climatologist John Christy, director of the Earth Systems Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

  6. THIS MINUS 15*C OF FROST IN PERU IS UNBELIEVABLE ! Peru is only 15* of latitude away from the equator. Some parts are even nearer to the equator than that. Thus such severe cold and such heavy snow seem impossible and yet it is true. To put that into perspective lets look at that translated into the northern hemisphere. 15* of latitude is equivalent to Southern India or the North Island in the Philippines. It equates to the Southern Sahara countries like Mali and Chad and Niger and Eritrea and Yemen. Thailand and Laos and Vietnam. That the 250,000 Alpaca have died seems impossible yet it is true. That so many livestock have died will mean starvation will hit Peru. I very much suspect that this kind of winter severity is soon going to arrive in the northern hemisphere. This the real Ice Age right now. Not a theory. Facts are facts.

    1. Alpacas are grown only for the fiber. People do not eat them generally speaking. But do expect prices for Peruvian blankets to go way up. Alpacas typically graze at altitudes of 16,000 feet elevation so it is very easy to understand that kind of altitude getting socked with such cold temperatures and snow.

      1. Oh, Andrew! If the peasants have no alpaca fiber to sell then they have no money to buy food, thus, starvation abounds. Have you even been to Peru? If you have been, then you know that alpaca is on every menu throughout the country, and the locals also have made alpaca jerky forever. I ate it every day while travelling in Peru.

  7. A bit of browsing on that website and I found an article from April this year.

    “Earth Day Warning: 1,600 Years of Ice in Andes Melted in 25 Years”

    At the end of the article:
    In the past, Thompson has been outspoken about the dangers of global climate change. In 2010 Thompson argued that virtually all climatologists were convinced that “global warming poses a clear and present danger to civilization.”

    Maybe we should ask Mr. Lonnie Thompson now what he thinks about the coldest (global warming) temperatures in a decade.

    1. Do not be so insensitive about the situation in Peru. If it is hitting minus 15*C in Peru then I suspect that it is going to be around minus 100*C in Montreal in Canada ! You might not be able to survive that much cold ?

    2. maybe so, but in Peru they dont, and they dont have the setups for keeping animals in and warm or feed storages. let alone their own homes and heating required.
      could you manage in an uninsulated mud/cement block or tin building for more than 24 hrs without much heat or suitable clothing?

    3. Yes, but you don’t keep alpacas! 😉
      Get yourself a quarter of a million alpacas before you compare yourself. 😀
      Humour over…
      Aren’t alapacs sort of adapted for the cold?
      I mean they are like little woolly camels aren’t they?

      1. they have Hair/fur, but unlike sheep who produce lanolin which helps shed water, they dont,and even sheep get waterlogged and chilled in days of rain. while alpacas can cope with some cold I also reckon this is extreme and out of season so they probably had summer coats, less protection than a bit later in the year. so not only the animals replacement costs, for many thats going to be hard if not impossible, they loose the fleece they would spin for clothes, milk and meat.

        1. Remember it’s Winter in the Southern Hemi. right now. So I doubt the little wolly Alpacas had their Summer coats on. Puno region is at the South end of Peru, and 70% of it is in the Andean mountain region.
          Also I don’t know how you get milk and meat out of fleece. 😉
          just sayin’.

    4. pfft! It’s minus 78’c in Antarctica!

      But then, it’s even colder on the dark side of the moon isn’t it??

      1. Actually, The Dark Side Of The Moon was quite a hot album!
        With space though, there’s no atmosphere anyway and you could take two sheets of paper flat against each other and hold them into the sun.
        The sunlit side would be something like 150C while the shaded side would be about minus 180C…

        1. But paper(white paper anyway) has a high albedo! – I’m reminded of my trusty old Radiometer, sunlight pushes on the black vanes, not the white vanes. 😉

          1. actually it’s not as simple as that, The sunlight doesn’t “push”, the vanes are black on one side and white on the other, the black absorbs some heat in the form of infrared and it is the re-radiation of the infrared that makes the vanes spin. The white sides having a high albedo, absorb far less radiation. That’s why it’s a “Radiometer”. 8)

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