Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Global warming: Death in the deep-freeze

Some scientists believe that climate change could unleash ancient illnesses as ice sheets drip away and bacteria and viruses defrost. Illnesses we thought we had eradicated, like polio, could reappear, while common viruses like human influenza could have a devastating effect if melting glaciers release a bygone strain to which we have no resistance. What is more, new species unknown to science may re-emerge. And it is not just humans who are at risk: animals, plants and marine creatures could also suffer as ancient microbes thaw out.

Yikes. I hadn't even thought of that . . .

1 comment:

W.M. Bear said...

One more damn thing to worry about. At least I'm signed up for my company's free flu shot program this year. They had to cancel it last year because of the Bush administration-caused vaccine shortage.