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This documentary from the Atlantic and MEL Films gives you one more thing to worry about these days (sorry) – thanks to climate change, melting permafrost in Longyearbyen, Norway could be unearthing ancient plagues that could wipe out the population. Brill.


The film gives us insight into what it is like to live in the most northerly town on the planet, talking to those who have stayed there after catching the “Polar Bug.” As their poor choice of words suggests, global warming in the area is causing a shift in the environment as permafrost which has been frozen solid for thousands of years is beginning to thaw, revealing organic matter which could contain viruses we are not prepared for as a species.

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This issue has led to a strange policy in the town which means should you die in Longyearbyen, you are not allowed to be buried there as you could potentially be unearthed in decades to come. The thawing permafrost is even causing problems in the World Seed Bank, which despite being supposedly one of the most secure shelters in the world was affected by flooding as the ground it is built into began to melt.

The Atlantic|MEL Films|Longyearbyen, Norway

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