It’s a trifecta for media alarms with can’t-miss top lines like these in just the last two days:
Russian officials are blaming global warming for a recent Anthrax outbreak in the far north region of Yamal that hospitalized dozens of nomadic tribesmen and killed one 12-year-old boy.
Thawing Russian Arctic Permafrost Leads to Anthrax Outbreak
(that one adds in the permafrost bogeyman)
Climate Change Blamed for the Anthrax Outbreak in Russia
Etc., Etc., Etc
Sputnik News tells what you need to know (and said so back in May)
Global warming can uncover and expose anthrax cattle burial sites in the Arctic and cause the spread of dangerous infections, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry warned on Wednesday.
“Climatic anomaly impacts on permafrost zones, enhances the danger of exposing anthrax cattle burial grounds,” a ministry spokesman said.
There are more than 100,000 anthrax cattle burial sites in Russia, about 400 of which are located in the Arctic region, he said. (My bold)
Anthrax is an acute disease caused by Bacillus anthracis and affects both humans and animals. It can form dormant spores that are able to survive in harsh conditions for decades or even centuries, the spokesman warned.
Some Russian ministries and other government agencies are known for their tendency to issue dire warnings to ensure more federal funding, especially ahead of each new fiscal year. (My bold)
MOSCOW, May 25 (RIA Novosti)
The Facts of the outbreak: 90 hospitalized, 20 cases confirmed. One Died.
The Sputnik News article is dated in 2011 (h/t manic) and provides a context for this recent news. The Tass story on August 1, 2016, tells of those infected and an investigation into the one death. No mention of global warming. That was added by BBC and others, based on a comment by a Russian WWF employee.
CNN has a factual report on this event here: