UN report says up to 850,000 animal viruses could be caught by humans, unless we protect nature

Sun, 8 Nov 2020 06:35:48 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"Human damage to biodiversity is leading us into a pandemic era. The
virus that causes COVID-19, for example, is linked to similar viruses in
bats, which may have been passed to humans via pangolins or another species.

Environmental destruction such as land clearing, deforestation, climate
change, intense agriculture and the wildlife trade is putting humans
into closer contact with wildlife. Animals carry microbes that can be
transferred to people during these encounters.

A major report released today says up to 850,000 undiscovered viruses
which could be transferred to humans are thought to exist in mammal and
avian hosts.

The report, by The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy
Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), says to avoid
future pandemics, humans must urgently transform our relationship with
the environment."

        *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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