Scientists say we will face worse pandemics than COVID-19 unless we protect nature - Natural History Museum

Humans are the only species responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to leading scientists.

An article outlines how humanity's abuse of the natural world has caused a 'perfect storm', allowing deadly pathogens to spread around the world.

Published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), it warns that worse could be on the way.

We'll face more frequent pandemics unless we address the root causes of this one, which has already affected millions around the world.

Our relationship with nature is in trouble

IPBES is a global group that studies biodiversity, or the variety of life on Earth. Backed by the United Nations, it examines how humans and nature interact and makes recommendations to governments on how both can thrive.

Several Museum scientists work alongside IPBES experts, including on a landmark report in 2019 which warned then that humans face dire consequences if we continue to put pressure on natural resources. It found that the health of ecosystems on which we all depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever because of how humans exploit and pollute nature.

Posted on: 30 April 2020

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