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