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A Deadly Seal Virus Is Spreading Thanks to Arctic Ice Loss, Study Suggests – VICE

This article originally appeared on VICE US.For years, scientists have warned that the steady loss of sea ice around the North Pole, which is linked to human-driven climate change, is placing Arctic wildlife at risk of habitat loss and food shortages. Now, researchers have identified yet another threat that sea ice decline presents for polar ecosystems: A spike in the spread of viruses between marine mammals. A team led by Elizabeth VanWormer, a marine scientist at UC Davis, found that outbreaks of phocine distemper virus (PDV)—which is deadly to seals, sea lions, and otters—correlated with periods of more severe ice loss. The findings, which were published on Thursday in Sci
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