On Thursday, the United Nations Commission on Biodiversity warned that there could be more deadly diseases, more devastating for the economy than COVID-19 in the future unless humans change their treatment of nature.
In a special report, the Intergovernmental Scientific and Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) states that habitat destruction and excessive consumption increase the risk of zoonotic diseases infect humans in the future, France24 reports.
The IPBES says there are currently 850,000 viruses found in animals that could eventually infect humans, calling the problem an “existential threat”; to humanity.
Peter Daszak, president of the Ecohealth Alliance and the workshop chairwoman developed the special report, “Human activities leading to climate change and biodiversity loss also lead to pandemic risk. in spite of their impact on our agriculture ”.
COVID-19 is the sixth pandemic since the 1918 flu outbreak possibly directly attributable to human activity, according to the council. Five new illnesses, each potentially pandemic, coming every year.
IPBES cites unsustainable harvesting such as deforestation, agricultural expansion, and wildlife trade and consumption as factors that bring people closer to animals and the myriad diseases they carry.
The panel noted that COVID-19 has cost the global economy around $ 16 trillion since July, and that investing in preventing these pandemics will be hundreds of times cheaper than try to get over them.
Coordinated global responses to pandemics, prevention of biodiversity loss and the taxation of products that bring people closer to animals are all IPBES recommendations. ability to reduce the risk of another pandemic.