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Warming waters in Europe pose significant health risks, says EU agency

A report by the European Environment Agency warns of health hazards from emerging waterborne diseases and pollution due to climate change.

Leonie Cater reports for POLITICO

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Russian collaboration freeze impacts permafrost research

The escalating thaw of Arctic permafrost, a critical factor in global climate change, faces research challenges due to a halt in scientific collaboration with Russia, hindering vital data collection and analysis.

Elizabeth Devitt reports for Mongabay.

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Ancient zombie viruses in melting Siberian permafrost could cause new pandemic, scientists warn

The effects of disturbing millennia-old viruses could be ‘calamitous’, scientists warn.

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With Arctic permafrost thawing, Pentagon frets over deadly pathogens

With Arctic permafrost thawing, Pentagon frets over deadly pathogens

In one troubling case, dozens of people were sickened − and thousands of reindeer were killed − when anthrax spores emerged from the thawing permafrost in an Arctic region of Siberia.

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How global warming is changing landscapes in the Canadian Arctic

Global warming is altering landscapes in the Canadian Arctic, with a focus on Axel Heiberg Island in Nunavut. There has been a significant change in a river network carved into the permafrost in just 60 years; such landscape alterations typically occur over hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.

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From carbon sink to source: the stark changes in Arctic lakes

For millennia, lakes in Greenland’s dry tundra have locked up huge loads of carbon in their sediment. But as the Arctic becomes warmer and wetter, scientists believe these lakes could become sources of carbon, which would have important consequences for the world’s climate.
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Greater snowfall can speed Arctic melting, unleashing buried carbon, study finds

With climate change, parts of the Arctic are seeing greater snowpack. Paradoxically, a thick blanket of snow can speed the melting of permafrost underneath, releasing buried stores of carbon, new research shows.

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