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(14,510 posts)
Sat Apr 25, 2020, 01:30 PM Apr 2020

We did it to ourselves: scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic

'We did it to ourselves': scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic
Leading US biologist Thomas Lovejoy says to stop future outbreaks we need more respect for natural world

Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/25/ourselves-scientist-says-human-intrusion-nature-pandemic-aoe

The vast illegal wildlife trade and humanity’s excessive intrusion into nature is to blame for the coronavirus pandemic, according to a leading US scientist who says “this is not nature’s revenge, we did it to ourselves”.

Scientists are discovering two to four new viruses are created every year as a result of human infringement on the natural world, and any one of those could turn into a pandemic, according to Thomas Lovejoy, who coined the term “biological diversity” in 1980 and is often referred to as the godfather of biodiversity.

“This pandemic is the consequence of our persistent and excessive intrusion in nature and the vast illegal wildlife trade, and in particular, the wildlife markets, the wet markets, of south Asia and bush meat markets of Africa… It’s pretty obvious, it was just a matter of time before something like this was going to happen,” said Lovejoy, a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation and professor of environment science at George Mason University.
Wet markets are traditional markets selling live animals (farmed and wild) as well as fresh fruit, vegetables and fish, often in unhygienic conditions. They are found all over Africa and Asia, providing sustenance for hundreds of millions of people. The wet market in Wuhan believed to be the source of Covid-19 contained a number of wild animals, including foxes, rats, squirrels, wolf pups and salamanders.

I believe scientists have been warning us about this for many years.


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We did it to ourselves: scientist says intrusion into nature led to pandemic (Original Post) KY_EnviroGuy Apr 2020 OP
No doubt about this. I enjoyed this short video with Jane Goodall. Alex4Martinez Apr 2020 #1
+1 CrispyQ Apr 2020 #2
She is so bdamomma Apr 2020 #3


(2,208 posts)
1. No doubt about this. I enjoyed this short video with Jane Goodall.
Sat Apr 25, 2020, 01:34 PM
Apr 2020

It speaks for itself.

My thoughts, we have long been overpopulating the planet and globalism accelerates the negative consequence.

Mother nature bats last.


(64,001 posts)
3. She is so
Sat Apr 25, 2020, 02:24 PM
Apr 2020

right, we have been abusing our earth and our animals for a very long time, now we are in cages. Damn.

It's not nice to fool Mother Nature.

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