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Thawing Permafrost In Arctic Region Could Release Old, Unknown Pathogens

The Atlantic: The Zombie Diseases of Climate Change
“…[Permafrost], long protected from decomposition by the cold, is finally rotting, and releasing gases into the atmosphere that could quicken the rate of global warming. This matter is also full of pathogens: bacteria and viruses long immobilized by the frost. Many of these pathogens may be able to survive a gentle thaw — and if they do, researchers warn, they could reinfect humanity. Climate change, in other words, could awaken Earth’s forgotten pathogens. It is one of the most bizarre symptoms of global warming. And it has already begun to happen…” (Meyer, 11/6).

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