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Global Warming May Expose Frozen Cold War-Era Hazardous Waste

Source: NDTV, Date: , 2016

Climate change is threatening to expose hazardous biological, chemical and radioactive waste at an abandoned Cold War-era base thought to be buried forever in the Greenland Ice Sheet, new research has warned. Camp Century, a US military base built within the Greenland ice sheet in 1959, doubled as a top-secret site for testing the feasibility of deploying nuclear missiles from the Arctic during the Cold War. When the camp was decommissioned in 1967, its infrastructure and waste were abandoned under the assumption they would be entombed forever by perpetual snowfall. "Two generations ago, people were interring waste in different areas of the world, and now climate change is modifying those sites," said William Colgan, a climate and glacier scientist at York University in Canada.

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