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How Global Warming Is Awakening Deadly Diseases

Climate change has been causing ice caps to melt and sea levels to rise, but did you know it's also fostering life-threatening bacteria?

Everyone is familiar with the macro threats of global warming: melting ice caps, collapsing glaciers, massive floods, rogue storms. But global warming is also triggering deadly changes on the micro level. Julian Huguet has the scary details in today's DNews report.

Recent studies suggest that global warming may be awakening dormant diseases from the Equator to Siberia. Scientists are currently tracking an outbreak of anthrax in Siberia that's likely caused by thawing soil freeing previously trapped bacteria. Down south, flesh-eating bacteria are blooming in newly warm and brackish waters. Tune into today's DNews dispatch for the specifics.

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NPR: Anthrax Outbreak In Russia Thought To Be Result Of Thawing Permafrost

ArsTechnica: Horrific flesh-eating bacteria that killed man in four days expected to rise

LiveScience: 6 Unexpected Effects of Climate Change