From the Guardian.


Protecting nature is vital to escape ‘era of pandemics’ – report
Halting destruction of wild places could slow frequency of deadly outbreaks, say scientists.

The world is in an “era of pandemics” and unless the destruction of the natural world is halted they will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, kill more people and affect the global economy with more devastating impact than ever before, according to a report from some of the world’s leading scientists.

The emergence of diseases such as Covid-19, bird flu and HIV from animals was entirely driven by the razing of wild places for farming and the trade in wild species, which brought people into contact with the dangerous microbes, the experts said.

“The risk of pandemics is increasing rapidly, with more than five new diseases emerging in people every year, any one of which has the potential to become pandemic,” the report says.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/oct/29/protecting-nature-vital-pandemics-report-outbreaks-wild

 

When will our government catch up to climate reality?

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/30/centre-right-thinktank-warns-morrison-government-of-grave-future-for-coal-exports

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/30/australia-must-prepare-for-future-shaped-by-extreme-climate-bushfire-royal-commission-report-warns

This time last year the valley here was surrounded by fire. I am still not fully recovered but am relieved rain is spasmodic but regular, therefore easing the anxiety for the summer to come.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/nov/01/born-in-the-ice-age-humankind-now-faces-the-age-of-fire-and-australia-is-on-the-frontline

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