Scientists warn about nuclear and bacteriological bombs in Arctic

Scientists warn about nuclear and bacteriological bombs in Arctic

October 20, 2021

Specialists fear the release of the Cold War radioactive waste.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Melting Arctic ice could trigger the release of Cold War radioactive waste into the environment, as well as antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new viruses.

According to RIA Novosti with reference to the Nature Climate Change, the Soviet Union conducted about 130 nuclear tests off the coast of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, and also sank and disposed more than a hundred nuclear submarines in the Barents and Kara seas. In turn, the United States carried out under-ice research at a base in Greenland using a nuclear installation.

Scientists from the British University of Aberystwyth and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, who conducted the study, found that microbes and viruses can thaw and get into the waters of the oceans. This can become real nuclear and bacteriological bombs. Thus, microbes can spawn a new generation of drug-resistant pathogens.

To prevent this scenario, the researchers believe that it is necessary to strictly comply with the Paris Climate Agreement and stop the rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Earlier, we reported that the damage from warming in the region by 2025 could reach 7 trillion rubles.

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Text: Mikhail Tuaev, Photo: open sources

October 20, 2021

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