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Climate Change Contributes to Skyrocketing Rates of Infectious Disease

“A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said.”

“The scientists who study how diseases emerge in a changing environment knew this moment was coming. Climate change is making outbreaks of disease more common and more dangerous.

Over the past few decades, the number of emerging infectious diseases that spread to people — especially coronaviruses and other respiratory illnesses believed to have come from bats and birds — has skyrocketed. A new emerging disease surfaces five times a year. One study estimates that more than 3,200 strains of coronaviruses already exist among bats, awaiting an opportunity to jump to people.

The diseases may have always been there, buried deep in wild and remote places out of reach of people. But until now, the planet’s natural defense systems were better at fighting them off.”

Abrahm Lustgarten reports for ProPublica May 7, 2020.


“‘Promiscuous Treatment Of Nature' Will Lead To More Pandemics – Scientists” (Guardian)

“Boiling Point: Why Climate Change Matters More Than Ever During The Coronavirus Pandemic” (Los Angeles Times)