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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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Ancient virus revived from Russian permafrost after 48,500 years

The virus, a Pandoravirus, had been lying dormant in Russia's permafrost. The study sheds light on the dangers of climate change awakening prehistoric diseases from permafrost.
A warming Siberia, wracked by wildfires, nears a crucial threshold

A warming Siberia, wracked by wildfires, nears a crucial threshold

Nearly 23 million acres burned from 1982 to 2020. But almost half of that occurred in 2019 and 2020, and the region may be near a threshold beyond which extreme fires become more common.
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Warming made Siberian fires worse. The trend will continue, scientists say

Rapid warming of the Arctic has led to the extreme wildfire seasons experienced in Siberia in recent years, scientists said Thursday, and such severe fires are likely to continue.

Industrial revolution reversed 7,000-year cooling trend in Siberia, bringing temperatures to unprecedented highs

Industrial revolution reversed 7,000-year cooling trend in Siberia, bringing temperatures to unprecedented highs

A multi-millennial cooling trend in Siberia was abruptly reversed at the onset of the Industrial Revolution.

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