Climate change in Siberia: Melting permafrost wakes slumbering threat | DW News

Climate change sometimes makes itself felt in unexpected ways, even for the reindeer in Siberia’s Yamal Peninsula. For example, rising temperatures on Russia’s Arctic coast are not only causing the ice to melt, but also releasing dangerous bacteria, like anthrax, into the atmosphere that have long been lying dormant in the Siberian permafrost. A 2017 outbreak on the Yamal Peninsula spread from reindeer to humans. DW’s Juri Rescheto traveled there to find out how the region’s reindeer herders are dealing with the consequences of global warming.

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