by Taetske | 11:07 am
(Last Updated On: November 19, 2018)

The Ice is melting and We are in for some Unsettling Surprises

 

frozen landscape

Frozen Landscape

 

The words Global Warming, or Climate change one hears wherever one goes.
There are many people who shrug their shoulders and will tell you that they do not believe it is true. There are also people who are more interested in the profits that are to be made during their lives and seem to care less about what happens to the future generations of the Human race, neither are they worried about what happens to our Fauna and Flora.

I still remember the film Wall-E, that little robot left behind on our planet to clean up the mess we had made. We, fat-like balloons, had been flying in space for over 700 years. I, personally, am not looking forward to this type of future to tell you the truth.

 

Global Warming Consequences

On BBC Earth, on the 4th of May 2017, Jasmin Fox-Skelly writes an, I would call it hair-raising, an article on Global Warming and some really nasty consequences it already has.
Because of the higher temperatures, the ice is melting. Well, you might say, that is not new news.

What one normally does not hear about on the news is that in the ice hidden dangers are lurking in the form of diseases. Bacteria and viruses which had been frozen suddenly coming to life and by doing that present a hazard to human and animal life.

Here comes an example of what happens when in a cold region there comes a heatwave.
In the Siberian tundra, in the Arctic Circle, in the summer of 2016, there was such a heatwave which thawed the permafrost. A small boy died and some 20 more people had to go to the hospital where anthrax was made responsible.

One came to the conclusion that an infected reindeer died some 75 years prior and stayed frozen under a layer of soil. When the infected body was defrosted anthrax came free to then infiltrate water and soil. It ended up in the food supply and some 2000 grazing reindeer became infected and also this small number of people.

It seems this is a small case compared to much bigger and dangerous possibilities.
In the tundra, scientists have discovered more threatening things like mass graves of people who died from the Spanish flu in 1918. It seems that Smallpox and the bubonic plaque are
some other niceties, frozen there waiting for the temperature to rise.

 

Frozen Lake

Frozen Lake

 

Frozen Bacteria

NASA did a study in 2005 where some scientist revived bacteria that had been frozen in a pond in Alaska. These bacteria were 32.000 years old. I find that a frightening thought. Those “old” bacteria will come and infect us as obviously, our immune system might not be able to cope with them.

These scientists continued to investigate and only 2 years later were able to revive an 8-million-year old bacterium. Just imagine somebody gets hold of this and uses it as a weapon. Things you see in films now can become real in the near future. What a price to pay for being so reckless.

Human Greed and its Consequences

There is another reason to be worried about, it is closely related to human greed.
As the ice disappears the exposed land becomes more accessible and mining for gold and minerals, oil, and gas drilling all this industrial exploitation is moving forward.

The question is what all this activity might expose, what hazards it will then present to us and will we be able to cope with it? At the speed we are going I think we will not have to wait too long to find out.

 

Photo Source: Pixabay

 

Here is one of the many YouTube videos on the melting of the ice.
I think this one is quite spectacular, do have a look.

 

Comments

al

Good article. I find the idea of these prehistoric diseases returning quite terrifying! It would be like the Native Americans being wiped out when the Europeans turned up – but this time on a global scale.

Then again, perhaps this is Nature’s way of cleansing the planet. I read somewhere that the optimal world population is two billion people. When you hit around three or four billion, the planet begins to struggle. Currently, there are over seven billion of us, and there will be ten billion within the next couple of decades! That’s just not sustainable. It’s like trying to pour five gallons of water into a one gallon bottle.

Depressing times…

Sep 01.2017 | 08:25 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Al,
    If the riches of the Earth would be fairly distributed there would be enough for all of us, but you are right it might get a bit crowded in the future. Our Planet takes care there will not be too many as we are punished with our own sins. It goes from Clobal warming to GMO’s, pesticides and fracking, you name it, these are all human stupidities. Thank you for your comment,
    Regards, Taetske

    Sep 02.2017 | 07:28 am

Shannon

The idea of diseases becoming resurrected with the bodies thawing from ancient times is scary – especially one’s that have been mutated so much that there may be no cure or vaccination before a lot of damage is done.

What are your thoughts on global warming being a natural cyclic warming and cooling of the earth over time, although perhaps accelerated by us?

Nov 19.2018 | 03:21 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon Shannon,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    It gives a creepy feeling when thinking about all the things hidden in the ice. We do not have a clue what might come to the surface.

      Our world has gone through big changes but it would take thousands of years, sometimes millions for it to happen. Since the start of the industrial revolution in 1760 everything has gone so fast. Man-made changes in only a few hundred years. Our doings have a huge impact on the world changing the climate at an alarming speed.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 20.2018 | 04:02 pm

Beauty In A Maze

I wish people would stop denying what’s happening. There’s a reason the seasons have been “strange” for the past few years. The winters are warmer, the hurricanes are worse and animals are ending up in areas that aren’t common for that species. It’s a shame that people seem to have to regard for the future of the planet simply because they’re not going to be here. It’s important to consider there own children and their future grandchildren as well as the ability to grow food. 

Nov 19.2018 | 03:23 pm

    Taetske

    Good afternoon,

    I agree with you totally. I also wish people would get their head out of the sand. This ostrich behavior does not make the global warming causing climate change go away. Our future generations might even feel ashamed of our stupid actions. 

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 20.2018 | 04:01 pm

Phillip Cowan

It was interesting to read your post. I haven’t really though about the possibility of melting ice because of global warming would release diseases. It’s a different perspective on the dangers of global warming from what we usaually hear from the media and politicians. It was well written too. I felt a tone urgency that we need to do something urgent about stopping global warming or at least stalling it. The videos contributed a lot. Thanks for the link to A Farewell to Ice.

Nov 19.2018 | 03:25 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Phillip,

    When you think that because of human stupidity all these things are happening one just wonders how it will end. 

    It really does not look good. If only all countries could come to an agreement and then fulfill their promise it might not be too late but the clock is ticking. Future generations will have it very difficult to adapt. I live in the south of Spain and inland, places like Sevilla and Cordoba have experienced extreme heatwaves, temperatures up to 45 C 

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 20.2018 | 08:11 am

Ralph

You know, I want to share experience about the issues in global warming. I lived my whole life in Guam and I noticed the beach that had a land of white sand was gone. Now, it’s covered in shallow water. In the span of ten years, that was a drastic change.

Also, the part about frozen bacteria, that’s scary stuff. You’re right! There are greedy people that might use that as a biological weapon.

It’s like that Keanu Reeves, as long as human exists, the earth will continue to suffer.

Anyways, love your article!

Nov 19.2018 | 03:27 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Ralph,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    You tell me you live in Guam and that over the years you have noticed the beach has disappeared. I live in the south of Spain since 1976 and I have seen the seasons change. From winter it suddenly is summer and then, winter again. Where have spring and autumn gone? I wonder if there is still somebody who denies Climate Change?

    You are right, Mother Earth will suffer as long as we are here, a sad fact.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 20.2018 | 08:11 am

mark kabakov

The topic of global warming is the topic of human survival with daily information about this threat. 

Open Google search engine and you will read daily messages on this topic. We can read the UN Basic Report (October 2018) with the program to “reset” CO2 emissions by 2050. Science Daily in its Global Warming News reports on the problems and achievements of this topic.

Of course, a person is concerned, but he is confident in his strength and ability to improve the state of the planet.

The article is interesting and informative. I am grateful to the author for extensive information on this issue. Mark

Nov 19.2018 | 04:14 pm

    Taetske

    Good Morning Mark,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    It is true we are bombarded every day with the latest news on Global Warming which causes Climate Change, The sad thing is that most people get kind of saturated with it and do not take action. If all countries would reunite and stick to the agreements then we might make it. Looking at the situation how it is now it does not look good.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 20.2018 | 08:12 am

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