Global warming might give rise to ‘zombie’ pathogens in the Arctic – top official to RT

Global warming might give rise to ‘zombie’ pathogens in the Arctic – top official to RT

Climate change could impact ecosystems in the Arctic, leading to the emergence of dangerous new viruses that may infect humans, including some “zombie” pathogens left sleeping for centuries, a top Russian official has warned.

The rapid melting of the Arctic permafrost is a “dangerous phenomenon,” said Nikolay Korchunov, a senior Russian representative to the Arctic Council told RT, on Friday.

Thawing soil that has been deeply frozen for centuries, if not for millennia, could still contain “some viable spores of ‘zombie’ bacteria and viruses.”

Russia warns about frozen ancient viruses Russia warns about frozen ancient viruses

Russia, which took leadership of the organisation in May, considers this danger to be significant enough to initiate a biosafety project that would see the member states of the Arctic Council working…

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