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Covid19 and its impacts on nature: what´s next?

Jul 29, 2020 11:37:38 AM / by Karina Miotto

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We hope you´re feeling good on these uncertain days. Certainly, our planet has been grateful for all nature recovery that has been happening since the Covid19 pandemic started. Although, we need to think ahead: what´s next?

We have found two interesting articles where you will be able to read further more about the state of our planet in sustainable matters after this whole thing started.

The article below was published by UN - Environment Programme:

 

The Intricate Balance of Life and Nature: Lessons from COVID 19

 

As many countries now turn to recovery efforts in response to the economic challenges, it is crucial for us to remember this new norm has presented several opportunities for us to build back better with stronger, resilient economies in harmony with nature. If this is not considered in the recovery efforts, we could very well be headed back to square one.

Click on the article to read more about...

- Human-environment impacts

- Nature-based solutions & resource efficiency

- Waste Management, also crucial for recovery

- Our Future is Dependent on how we act now

 

Next article we recommend you to read is called "Impact of Coronavirus in Nature" and it was published by The Conservation International.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world at lightning speed, killing hundreds of thousands of people and infecting millions. A growing body of research, including research by Conservation International scientists, points to a direct link between the destruction of nature and disease outbreaks — spotlighting the role of protecting and restoring nature in preventing future pandemics.

How is COVID-19 affecting nature?

There is a misperception that nature is “getting a break” from humans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, many rural areas in the tropics are facing increased pressure from land grabbing, deforestation, illegal mining and wildlife poaching. People who have lost their employment in cities are returning to their rural homes, further increasing the pressure on natural resources while also increasing the risk of COVID-19 transmission to rural areas. Meanwhile, there are reports of increased deforestation in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Illegal miners and loggers are encroaching on indigenous territories, which could expose remote indigenous communities to the virus. Areas that are economically dependent on tourism face reduced resources as tourism has come to a halt, resulting in a rise in bushmeat (wild meat) consumption in Africa. Meanwhile, illegal mining for gold and precious stones in Latin America and Africa is on the rise, as prices spike and protected areas are left unguarded.

How is COVID-19 effecting climate change?

From a public health perspective, the climate crisis is increasing the spread of certain diseases and complicating efforts to combat others. Seasonality and weather are two of the major factors that control the rate at which viruses such as the flu infect humans. Although scientists are currently uncertain how climate breakdown will impact the spread of COVID-19, research predicts that rising global temperatures will alter the timing, distribution and severity of future disease outbreaks.

Click on the article to read more about...

- What does nature have to do with the spread of disease?

- What should policymakers do?

- What should companies do?

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