Worse pandemics than coronavirus will hit mankind if we keep destroying the environment, scientists warn – The Sun
COVID-19 is the fault of humans and even deadlier pandemics will afflict the planet if our environment is not protected, it’s claimed.
Scientists warned in a report published this week that a single species was responsible for the coronavirus crisis – and it's not bat-kind.
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The apocalyptic warning comes as the number of known coronavirus infections surged past three million with more than 212,000 dead.
Some 24,243 deaths involving coronavirus have now been registered across the UK, analysis by the PA news agency shows,.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) reported there had been more than 4,000 deaths in care homes in England alone.
But the true toll is thought to be far higher.
The new report was published by IBPES, an international platform that informs policy through science, and co-authored by experts professors Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio and Dr Peter Daszak.
It concludes: "Recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity, particularly our global financial and economic systems that prize economic growth at any cost."
'DISEASE X' COULD BE UNLEASHED AT ANY TIME
A terrifying 1.7 million unidentified viruses known to be able to infect humans that currently exist in mammals and water birds, they warned.
And any one of these could be the next "Disease X" – potentially more lethal than Covid-19.
The report, written for the science-policy website IPBES, said: "Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the exploitation of wild species have created a 'perfect storm' for the spillover of diseases."
Human activities like these cause pandemics by bringing increasing numbers of people into direct contact with animals carrying the pathogens — where 70 per cent of emerging diseases come from.
The explosive growth of air travel coupled with urbanisation allowed for a harmless virus in Asian bats to bring “untold human suffering and halt economies and societies around the world,” the report states.
It adds: "This is the human hand in pandemic emergence. Yet this may be only the beginning.
"Future pandemics are likely to happen more frequently, spread more rapidly, have greater economic impact and kill more people if we are not extremely careful about the possible impacts of the choices we make today."
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