Protecting nature is vital to escape ‘era of pandemics’ – report

The Extinction Chronicles

Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, say scientists

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/29/protecting-nature-vital-pandemics-report-outbreaks-wild

Damian CarringtonEnvironment editor@dpcarrington

Thu 29 Oct 202010.00EDTLast modified on Thu 29 Oct 202011.41EDT

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Regenerated palm oil trees are seen growing on the site of a destroyed tropical rainforest in Kuala Cenaku, Riau province, as deforestation continues in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Regenerated palm oil trees growing on the site of a destroyed tropical rainforest in Kuala Cenaku, Riau province, as deforestation continues in Sumatra, Indonesia. Photograph: Dimas Ardian/Getty

The world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to areport from some of the world’s leading scientists.

The emergence of diseases such as Covid-19, bird flu and HIV from animals was entirely driven by the razing of wild places for farming and the trade in wild species, which…

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  1. Thanks, great article, and so true. These zoonotic diseases are a result of human’s never-ending development mania, destroying pristine forests, non-humans, and certainly the Wildlife Trade. I am glad to see some wildlife organizations now working on this–maybe it’s Nature’s Way of teaching us humans a very hard lesson? Will we learn from this?

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