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As Arctic ice melts diseases spread

EMBARGOED until 2301 on Friday 7 June There’s strong evidence that with rising temperatures and reductions in ice cover, the Arctic is seeing a spike in the rate of various diseases.  LONDON, 7 June – A cow grazing on the lush pasturelands of Cornwall in southwest England and a seal swimming in the ice cold waters of the Arctic might not appear to have much in common. The link between the two is tuberculosis, with a strain of the disease threatening cattle populations in Britain and elsewhere now showing up among  seals in the high Arctic. Dr Claire Heffernan, a…