A month ago I shared some good news with implications to Humankind’s future. It probably does not represent an ELE (we all learned what that stands for in 1998’s Deep Impact.) But it would set back a few retirement accounts and render a few others obsolete. Turns out we have more to look forward to.
In summary, global warming is melting the permafrost and releasing old microbes into the global ecosystem that we may or may not be ready for.
The important thing about global warming isn’t whether Humankind is causing it. We probably are, but given Humankind’s millennia-old passion for believing in things that a) the experts claim to be true and b) will punish us for being sinful in some way or other, mixed with the politicized oversimplification of scientific consensus, I’m not very concerned about that detail. Even if we can stop causing it, that won’t be for several decades yet. The important thing is that it’s happening.
Thus, microbes are being released that have lain dormant for hundreds if not thousands of years. They adapt when they thaw out, because that’s what life does. They flow with icemelt into the oceans. First thought that comes to mind?
An unintentional microbe war such as the one that wiped out the people of North and South America when Europeans arrived isn’t going to happen again. Humans travel about too much for that. We all share an ecosystem as far as immunity goes. But this recent pandemic has reminded us that we’re still susceptible to viruses that humanity in general is not used to. They just cross species lines to initially get to people rather than oceans. From there it becomes another epidemiological prairie fire (SARS, HIV, etc).
This current pandemic, popularly known as Covid19 etc but specifically SARS-CoV-2, may or may not go away (personally I think it won’t entirely), but something worse is bound to emerge from the Arctic ice, and may have already.
By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes