SARS-CoV-2 is far from one of a kind. Bats alone carry some 3,200 coronavirus strains that could reach humans, and climate change is making that increasingly likely.
The warming planet has brought huge losses of biodiversity that in turn make species more likely to pass pathogens on to humans. Relentless land development has upset ecosystems’ natural balance. Mosquitoes are thriving further north, bringing Zika and dengue along.
The root of this damage—human consumption—must be reconsidered, says Peter Daszak of EcoHealth Alliance.
The Quote: “We get cheap goods through Walmart, and then we pay for it forever through the rise in pandemics,” says Daszak.