Increased risk of pandemics due to the destruction of the environment
The ever-increasing destruction of our environment seems to be a pandemic, how to make, for example, COVID-19, likely and unmanageably. The risk of disease contexts, ultimately, the biological diversity and natural processes like the water cycle.
In the current joint study by the University of the West of England and the Greenpeace Research Laboratories, University of Exeter, it was found that the environmental destruction to an increased risk of pandemics. The findings were published in the English journal “Environmental Science & Policy“ published.
The destruction of the Ecosystems, for example through deforestation, changes in land use and intensification of agriculture, exacerbated the risk of uncontrollable pandemics. This is done by decreasing biodiversity, pollution of water and other resources, which are for reducing the transmission of disease and the mitigation of the impacts of emerging infectious diseases of major importance, explain the researchers.
Protection of Ecosystems
Ecosystems and inhibit natural Transmission of diseases from animals to humans, but this capacity decreases with the deterioration of the Ecosystems. Due to the increasing destruction of the environment increases the risk of dangerous pandemics such as COVID-break out 19, according to the research team. The disease risk is therefore associated with the preservation of the Ecosystem and the safety of natural resources.
It would be possible for the environment to combat the destruction of radical
“The speed and extent with which in so many countries, radical measures were taken to limit the health and financial risks of COVID-19, that a radical change in the System would also be possible to address other global existential threats such as the climate emergency and the collapse of biological diversity, provided that the political will is present,” said Dr. David Santillo of the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter in a press release.
Damaged Ecosystems, protect and restore
The lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic should be that degraded Ecosystems adds protected and must be restored (in Accordance with the objectives of the UN decade of 2021-2030 for the restoration of the Ecosystem), wherein values of the natural and the human rights at the forefront of environmental and economic policy-making must remain, the research group
The key to protection against the development of pandemics
Through the study, analysis of the complex relations between society and the environment, the researchers came to the conclusion that the maintaining of an intact and fully functioning Ecosystems and the associated Benefits for the environment and health the key to preventing the emergence of new pandemics. (as)