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Global Warming Will Kill Us All By Releasing Viruses From The Ice Or Something

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I’ve lost track of all the reasons global warming climate change is going to kill us all, but I don’t think I’ve heard this one before.

Jasmin Fox-Skelly, BBC News:

Climate change is melting permafrost soils that have been frozen for thousands of years, and as the soils melt they are releasing ancient viruses and bacteria that, having lain dormant, are springing back to life…

In August 2016, in a remote corner of Siberian tundra called the Yamal Peninsula in the Arctic Circle, a 12-year-old boy died and at least twenty people were hospitalised after being infected by anthrax.

The theory is that, over 75 years ago, a reindeer infected with anthrax died and its frozen carcass became trapped under a layer of frozen soil, known as permafrost. There it stayed until a heatwave in the summer of 2016, when the permafrost thawed…

Frozen permafrost soil is the perfect place for bacteria to remain alive for very long periods of time, perhaps as long as a million years. That means melting ice could potentially open a Pandora’s box of diseases.

Sort of like Captain America, except thawing it out causes death by something other than boredom.

No need to panic, everybody. There’s still time. Let’s remain calm as we smash all our electronic devices, rip the engines out of all our cars and planes, and head back to the caves. It’s time to subsist on roots and berries and small game until Gaia heals Herself. It’s time to go back to the good old days, when the worst thing you had to worry about was getting eaten by a sabretooth tiger.

What’s that you say? No, you don’t wanna do that? You refuse to make that sacrifice for what you believe in? Okay. Then don’t expect me to, either. If you want me to stop living in the 21st Century… after you.

Like Instapundit says: I’ll believe it’s a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis act like it’s a crisis.

But of course, that’s just because we hate #Science!