How to improve our relationship with nature after coronavirus

Human encroachment on the environment is increasing the threat of diseases like COVID-19, but spending more time in nature could also be part of the solution to this pandemic.

Zita Sebesvari, Head of Environmental Vulnerability and Ecosystem Services, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), United Nations University • conversation
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: biodiversity covid-19 coronavirus zoonotic-diseases green-spaces coronavirus-insights

Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics

Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.

Richard Yanagihara, Professor of Pediatrics and Principal Investigator, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, University of Hawaii • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: dna biodiversity covid-19 pandemic zoonotic-diseases infectious-disease-research natural-history-collections museums genetic-research

Why you may need to encourage social distancing around your bird feeder

Garden bird feeders and water baths could be hotspots for infectious disease transmission.

Harisree Paramel Nair, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Microbiology, Anglia Ruskin University • conversation
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Bushmeat could cause the next global pandemic

Illegal wild animal meat is found in cities right across the world and poses a very real threat of infecting people.

Ben Garrod, Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Science Engagement, University of East Anglia • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: zoonotic-diseases bushmeat

Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how animals transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: three misconceptions about how wildlife transmit diseases debunked

Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.

Olivier Restif, Alborada Lecturer in Epidemiology, University of Cambridge • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus ebola wildlife pathogens zoonotic-diseases bush-meat zoonotic-viruses bird-flu wet-markets

How zoos must change to keep great apes safe from coronavirus

People can still learn a great deal about these mammals while keeping a safe distance.

Lesley Elizabeth Craig, PhD Researcher, University of Stirling • conversation
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  conservation  primates  chimpanzees  zoonotic-diseases  zoos  gorilla  great-apes  zoonotic-viruses

It's wrong to blame bats for the coronavirus epidemic

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.

Peter Alagona, Associate Professor of History, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara • conversation
March 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  mammals  ecology  coronavirus-2020  viruses  pollinators  bats  endangered-species  zoonotic-diseases

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