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Climate change: Sea ice loss linked to spread of deadly virus

The decline in sea ice seen in the Arctic in recent decades has been linked by scientists to the spread of a deadly virus in marine mammals.

Researchers found that Phocine distemper virus (PDV) had spread from animals in the North Atlantic to populations in the North Pacific.

The scientists say the spread of pathogens could become more common as ice declines further.

The 15-year study tracked seals, sea lions and otters via satellite.

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The loss of sea ice in the Arctic has been one of the most visible signs of climate change on the planet over the past four decades. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the ice has been retreating by around 12% per decade between 1979 and 2018.

   I wonder if this virus will continue to spread and overtime lead to the extinction of multiple marine animals. It is truly sad that human contimue to only damage the earth and no we are at a point were recovery seems impossible.
How exactly does the declining sea level affect the spread of a virus?
I wonder if more information can be given on the virus that is being encouraged by the ice decline. Is it water or air-borne?

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