A Canadian government website has claimed Santa Claus is relocating his workshop, elves and reindeer to the South Pole to escape the effects of global warming.
A statement on the Policy Horizons Canada website says thanks to rising global temperatures, rapidly melting Arctic ice and increasing destructive drilling activity Santa has had to permanently move his operations.
Policy Horizons was created to advise Canadian government officials on emerging issues.
The humorous blog post comes as part of a series of Christmas themed posts about emerging policy concerns, one of which is global warming.
In other tongue-in-cheek messages Horizon mention Santa buying a self-flying sleigh and even investing in Bitcoin.
However, the site’s latest blog post focuses on climate refugees.
‘Santa’s relocation agreement marks the first time that the international community agrees on a common legal definition of climate change that includes refugees as corporations, as well as individuals,’ reads the post.
It goes on: ‘This deal is expected to lead to the deployment of a global climate change refugee visa system that in the near future could help to more easily relocate individuals and corporations facing the impacts of climate change.’
In 2014 United Nations scientists warned climate change could cause refugees to flood into Europe as they flee weather and food shortages.
The dire warning was one of the conclusions of a comprehensive report on the impacts of global warming published by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.