NEWSWATCH: “Russia’s melting ice could release more threats to humanity” – AFP

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Anthrax, small pox and giant viruses – Russian scientists are warning of a host of threats that could be unleashed on the world as global warming melts the frozen far north …. A recent anthrax outbreak on the Yamal peninsula left a child dead, 23 people infected and the government scrambling … The most likely source of the epidemic was ‘burial sites for animals that died of anthrax 70 years ago’ * * * … The fear now is that this was not a freak incident … that other diseases could be released – some dating back to the Ice Age – as … Russia is warming about 2.5 times more rapidly than the world average, and the Arctic region is warming quicker than the rest of the country.

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