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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 11:57 AM

Here's a thought for discussion: Is there a relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic

and GLOBAL WARMING?

In the recent past, some scientists have speculated that climate change/warming can have unpredictable consequences, such as the release of microbes into the general population that were previously contained by biodiversity.

With mass extinctions of life forms presently underway, we may be susceptible to this microbial release as one of many that will affect all of us.

Ignoring the decades-long warnings of fossil fuel emissions releases into the atmosphere may now be coming home to roost.

I know that we don't need more bad news, but it may be even more dangerous to NOT consider the global consequences of climate change.

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Reply Here's a thought for discussion: Is there a relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic (Original post)
Eyeball_Kid Mar 14 OP
Wounded Bear Mar 14 #1
Eyeball_Kid Mar 14 #5
Cattledog Mar 14 #2
cos dem Mar 14 #3
Eyeball_Kid Mar 14 #7
safeinOhio Mar 14 #4
dalton99a Mar 14 #6

Response to Eyeball_Kid (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:04 PM

1. Doubtful...

IIRC the coronavirus was first transmitted to humans in Chinese wet markets, where wild animals are kept in close proximity to food handlers and customers.

Climate change is driving higher migration rates, south to north, and overcrowding makes communicable diseases more dangerous.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 02:38 PM

5. So a logical question would be:

While "wet markets" have existed for quite some time, why would the virus become exposed to transmittal to humans AT THIS TIME? Why haven't we seen outbreaks before now?

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:05 PM

2. The wildlife trade is the #1 connection so far.

We are coming in contact with species whose habitat is being affected by GW as well.

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:36 PM

3. I think it's similar to weather phenomenon.

Climate change increases the frequency and severity of storms, but you can't take an individual storm and say it was directly caused by climate change. Likewise, the emergence of new, nasty diseases is likely to increase, but you couldn't say this one is a direct result.

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Response to cos dem (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 02:40 PM

7. So...

a viral pandemic is to environmental collapse as a spike of tornadoes is to climate change?

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Original post)

Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:54 PM

4. Not this one, but

Insect vector illness may take off.

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