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Climate Change might be the biggest driver of the next pandemic?

While global warming can cause many diseases more widespread(like malaria), it also is the main cause of biodiversity loss. A meta-analysis study has recently found that biodiversity loss is the biggest environmental driver of infectious disease outbreaks, making them more dangerous and widespread. The team focused on five global change drivers – biodiversity loss, climate change, chemical pollution, non-native species, and habitat loss. They found four out of five increased disease spread: all except habitat loss increased disease. In human history, three-quarters of emerging diseases are zoonotic, meaning they also infect wildlife and domestic animals. Many diseases alarming global health authorities - including swine flu and avian flu- also come from wildlife. Covid-19 is not that long ago and the world is still not ready for the next pandemic. Reducing emissions, biodiversity loss, and preventing invasive species can all help to mitigate the risk of an outbreak.

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    • Munene Mugambi

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      Climate change doubles infectious disease risks, driven by biodiversity loss. Urgent action to mitigate climate change and preserve biodiversity is essential for preventing future pandemics.

      • Princess

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        The link between climate change, biodiversity loss, and the risk of pandemics is indeed significant and alarming.

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        • Kevin

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          This is such a good study and it goes to show that action should be now now. We cannot afford another pandemic!

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          • George Kariuki

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            Wow, this study is eye-opening! 🌍 Let's work together to create a healthier and more resilient planet for all species. 💚

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

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              I totally agree, and that why its very important that we all join our efforts together and fight against climate change

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              • walter lungayi

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                I strongly agree that, as global temperatures rise and habitats are disrupted, the potential for the emergence and proliferation of novel zoonotic diseases increases, underscoring the urgent need for proactive, science-based policies.

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                • Munene Mugambi

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                  @walter_lungayi This is essential why we have to get climate change under control. If the heat waves won't get us, the diseases from such environmental disasters will be waiting to finish the job.

                • Jane Wangui

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                  This is quite informing..who would have thought Climate change would bring about spread of various diseases....it about time we take appropriate measures tu curb the issue of climate change.

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                  • Munene Mugambi

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                    @jane_wangui The higher the risk of climate change, the higher the chances of these illnesses being spread. It's a vicious cycle of destruction

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