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Climate change is thawing deadly diseases.

edited September 2016 in Climate and Weather
I came across this the other day. Scary thing.
An outbreak of anthrax in northern Russia, not seen in the Arctic since 1941, has been blamed on thawing due to global warming. 

"Record-high temperatures melted Arctic permafrost and released deadly anthrax spores from a thawing carcass of a caribou that had been infected 75 years ago and had stayed frozen in limbo until now. This all suggests that it may not be easy to predict which populations will be most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change."

The results of the damage we're doing to our climate are varied and both more subtle and more pervasive than we imagined. The article mentions a number of other effects such as altering animal migrations and release of methane from melting permafrost. 

We tend to concentrate on big issues in relation to climate change--rising sea levels, melting glaciers, vanishing Arctic ice, and so on. Some of these smaller matters (a thawing caribou carcass) can still have devastating consequences.

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