Thursday, August 4, 2016

Climate Change Sparks Anthrax Outbreak In Arctic Circle

Anthrax spores can survive in frozen human and animal remains for hundreds of years, waiting to be released by a thaw, according to Alexei Kokorin, head of WWF Russia’s climate and energy programme.

This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A 12-year-old boy in the far north of Russia has died in an outbreak of anthrax that experts believe was triggered when unusually warm weather caused the release of the bacteria. The boy was one of 72…

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