Does loss of biodiversity by businesses cause Covid 19?

Abeer Hassan, Monomita Nandy, Lee Roberts

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Biodiversity is the infrastructure that supports all life. The immense pressure plastics are having on the oceans, along with the disappearance of rainforests, and land clearing for agricultural purposes, have all contributed to biodiversity loss and species extinction. All these issues have resulted in many years of human overexploitation of our planet and are recognised to be causing the sixth extinction period the planet is currently experiencing. Humans disrupt ecosystem when cutting the trees, killing animals or caging them and sending them for human consumption. As a result, viruses have lost their hosts and looking for new hosts that ultimately transfer to human beings (Quammen, 2020). As a result, it is humanities destruction of biodiversity that creates the conditions for new viruses and diseases such as Covid-19
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInternet
PublisherThe Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2020


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