Diseases Hidden In Ice Are Waking Up As Earth’s Climate Warms

Long-dormant bacteria and viruses, trapped in ice and permafrost for centuries, are reviving as Earth’s climate warms

Huge problem going unnoticed here, bacteria is slowly affecting Northern Siberia. Bacteria hidden in deep miles thick ice are being warmed up and are causing problems now and will hit Northern Europe and North Americas. Links, story and video below. One to keep an eye on.

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Via: http://www.providr.com/

Most people are familiar with the process of global warming that has been happening gradually to our planet for several years. But are you aware of everything this entails? It’s a lot more than warmer weather and some melting icebergs.

As the planet warms, bacteria and viruses that have been long dormant under thick layers of ice are waking up as the ice melts. This can lead to the release of diseases that can be harmful to humans. If that doesn’t sound terrifying, then keep reading for more details on what this could mean for the future of the human race.

Humans have lived side-by-side with bacteria and viruses for many years. For the past century, we have been in a bit of a stalemate in the battle against viruses.

Since the discovery of antibiotics, bacteria have slowly but gradually developed resistance against them, causing the battle to continue. But what happens when we are exposed to viruses that we haven’t seen for thousands of years (or never at all)?

 

As climate change continues to melt permafrost soil, ancient bacteria and viruses are being released into the environment.


Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) migrating (Credit: Eric Baccega/naturepl.com)


Anthrax spores can survive for decades (Credit: Cultura RM/Alamy)


Bacteria have been found dormant in Antarctic ice (Credit: Colin Harris/Era Images/Alamy)


Mimivirus, an example of a giant virus (Credit: Science Photo Library/Alamy)

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