Category Archives: environment

Where Pandemics Come From — and How to Stop Them • The Revelator

“It’s a mix of biodiversity, but one that was created by people, not nature,” Keesing says. “We create a mix of species that don’t naturally occur together, and then it’s kind of like running an uncontrolled experiment. This virus jumps to that species.” Maybe that’s when a pathogen that we didn’t know about, that hadn’t previously made anyone sick (to our knowledge), suddenly becomes virulent and infects humans. “It was only when we did that to biodiversity that that virus became dangerous.” These types of markets pose one of the clearest threats to animal and human health, but they’re not the only threat. A greater risk is posed by the complex mix of habitat loss, population declines in wild species, and population increases among livestock and domesticated animals, invasive species and other more adaptable forms of wildlife.

Source: Where Pandemics Come From — and How to Stop Them • The Revelator

In Canada, doctors broadened coronavirus testing, and made an unlikely save – Reuters

Canada’s official guidance on the novel coronavirus has been to test patients who recently traveled to affected areas, but some doctors and hospitals have expanded testing on their own, finding the first in a series of patients linked to Iran before the scale of the Iranian outbreak was known.

Source: In Canada, doctors broadened coronavirus testing, and made an unlikely save – Reuters

Plan to drain Congo peat bog for oil could release vast amount of carbon | Environment | The Guardian

Oil exploration in one of the greatest carbon sinks on the planet could release greenhouse gases equivalent to Japan’s annual emissions
— Read on www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/28/ridiculous-plan-to-drain-congo-peat-bog-could-release-vast-amount-of-carbon-aoe

And look for more disease as environment is disrupted 🥵

Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Taps Pence to Lead Virus Response – The New York Times Neither has a clue what to do – ROTFLMAO and crying, praying for us all.

People with potential exposure are in quarantine around the world — including 83 in Nassau County, N.Y. The number of new infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time.

How Iran’s coronavirus death toll came to be the highest behind only China | South China Morning Post

Qom, south of the capital Tehran, has been identified as the centre of contagion, but Iran has warned it is possible the virus is present in all cities.
— Read on www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3052143/coronavirus-how-irans-death-toll-came-be-highest-behind-only

Coronavirus: top Hong Kong scientist claims community outbreak has already occurred as government prepares to quarantine mainland Chinese | South China Morning Post

Expert believes coronavirus spread has taken hold locally, with government set to quarantine incoming mainland Chinese in hotels and government centres from Saturday.

Source: Coronavirus: top Hong Kong scientist claims community outbreak has already occurred as government prepares to quarantine mainland Chinese | South China Morning Post