Global warming and the melting of glaciers could release anthrax from other burial grounds, as well as other ancient viruses and bacteria. The scientific publication Naked Science wrote about this.
According to last year’s report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, permafrost temperatures rose to a record high. At the end of June 2020, a record high temperature was recorded in Siberia: a record of 32 years ago was broken, the air warmed up to +38 degrees.
“The abnormal heat in Siberia has become a landmark threshold indicating the warming we are seeing in the long term,” Walt Mayer, senior fellow at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center said.
In addition, the melting of the perennial permafrost zone can return to humanity infectious diseases that have been resting in frozen soil all this time. In particular, anthrax.
As you know, anthrax very quickly affects agricultural and wild animals, as well as humans.
Alexander Fedorov, deputy director for science at the Melnikov Institute of Permafrost, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, leading employee of the BEST Institute for Natural Sciences, BEST Institute for Natural Sciences, said that record temperatures in Yakutia really increase the risk of anthrax release.
“This problem existed even before climate warming. Channel processes in our rivers sometimes opened such burial grounds. And with climate warming, this risk increases much more. Many bacteria are released with permafrost degradation,” Fedorov said.
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