Winter Temperatures Rise, Unleashing Viruses Over Ice-Free Arctic
Fears of the global warming have been refueled by the recent report from the Arctic Council, which predicted winter temperatures to rise by a solid four degrees over the next 30 years. This warming is predicted to affect animals and humans alike, unleashing viruses upon the Arctic flora and fauna
2 May, 2017
Nowhere else on the globe have temperatures been rising as fast as in the Arctic, and this trend is expected to continue in the future. The recent report by the Arctic Council predicted the warming to have a devastating effect on the number of areas. Over the past 50 years, the temperature in the Arctic regions has risen more than twice as fast as the world median. Over the next 30 years, autumn and winter temperatures can rise by an additional 4 degrees.
Among other things, viruses will be spread further north and bacteria present in the soil will be released. Finally, the risk of forest fires is also expected to increase.
On the global scale, the Arctic warming could alter the Southeast Asian monsoon, possibly leading to up to 70 percent less rain in India and Southeast Asia during the summer monsoon season. According to Skiöld, the only reliable way of reversing or postponing the warming is to reduce emissions and change our lifestyle, which has a direct impact on the climate.