Ray Kwon Chung, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has revealed the potential for global warming and melting permafrost to cause unexpected viruses, with unpredictable consequences for humanity.
“Due to the melting of snow in the taiga and tundra in Siberia, ancient diseases and viruses in this region may “wake up” again,” Chung told “Sputnik” on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum in the Russian city of Vladivostok.
He urged the South Korean scientist to pay special attention to the risks associated with thawing permafrost.
He continued, “It is impossible to predict a virus that was present in the prehistoric era or hundreds of thousands of years ago may appear again, they are coming back, I am sure there are different types of viruses, which we have not encountered before,” adding that humanity must Be prepared for such challenges and respond to them quickly.
Read also| Study: Climate change could wipe out 98% of emperor penguin colonies
This drew Russian scientists to the fact that the thawing of permafrost due to high temperature can lead to the emergence of parts of ancient ecosystems, including viruses, on the surface.