Yellow fever, malaria and Ebola all spilled over from animals to humans at the edges of tropical forests. The new coronavirus is the latest zoonosis.
June 25, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: health climate covid-19 coronavirus ebola pandemic malaria forests disease epidemics wildlife deforestation bats wildlife-trade monkeys mosquitoes yellow-fever zoonoses vectors carrying-capacity
Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
April 3, 2020 • ~8 min
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The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.
March 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: covid-19 coronavirus mammals ecology coronavirus-2020 viruses pollinators bats endangered-species zoonotic-diseases
Researchers observing the mammals saw them sharing regurgitated blood with their neighbours.
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"We determined that SARS-CoV-2 originated through natural processes by comparing the genetic sequences and protein structures of other coronaviruses to those of new virus..."
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A new study presents the first genetic evidence of resistance in little brown bats to the deadly fungal disease white-nose syndrome.
Tags: evolution conservation bats endangered-species fungus featured earth-and-environment natural-selection
It is one of Europe's "best wildlife secrets" and home to unique and unusual species.
Tags: environment conservation birds bees nature reptiles animals wildlife wildlife-conservation snakes bats amphibians puffins seals dolphins spiders rspb wolves natural-resources-wales cardiff maesteg swansea st-fagans cardigan ospreys merthyr-tydfil aberystwyth slugs menai-bridge skewen bala new-quay aberdyfi snails caerphilly guillemots razorbills snowdon toads
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