An interesting question….we could say yes from drought or storms or habitat destruction….but there is a chance that something much older could be waiting to attack…..
A new study of ice cores in glaciers in the autonomous Chinese region of Tibet reveals that the ice floes are holding viruses previously unencountered by humans, raising the possibility of the microbes being released as the climate crisis continues.
“We’ve opened up a Pandora’s box with climate change,” observed one Twitter user.
The report, “Glacier ice archives fifteen-thousand-year-old viruses,” was published in the journal bioRxiv in early January by the scientists who examined the cores. It is awaiting peer review.
According to NBC News:
The experiment revealed 33 groups of virus genuses (also known as genera) in the ice cores. Of these, 28 were previously unknown to science, the researchers said. “The microbes differed significantly across the two ice cores,” the researchers wrote in the study, “presumably representing the very different climate conditions at the time of deposition.”
But not to worry…..according to that idiot senator, Rand Paul, it is all a fake…..
According to U.S. Senator Rand Paul, fears of climate change are overblown — but we should also venture out and drastically change the environments of other planets so humanity might settle them.
Paul tweeted his bizarre stance on Sunday, after he attempted to roast Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her aggressive plans to fight climate change, a move which, as HuffPost reports, backfired spectacularly.
And clapbacks aside, his stance that there’s no urgent rush to try and mitigate climate change is troubling given the exhaustive mountain of evidence to the contrary.
There are few words that I can use to describe these morons that does not violate the bounds of decency…..so I will leave it at “MORONS”.
I Read, I Wrote, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”