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Climate change is only going to make health crises like coronavirus more frequent and worse

Added 04-05-20 10:14:02am EST - “Climate change is going to make the spread of viruses like the coronavirus even worse than it already is.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Climate change is only going to make health crises like coronavirus more frequent and worse”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

While the world is currently facing down the COVID-19 pandemic, until we address an even broader issue  — climate change — we'll likely face additional pandemics for years to come. 

Scientists have long warned that climate change will impact not just our environment, but also our health by increasing rates of infectious disease.

Indeed, there's more than just water trapped in the ice caps and permafrost of high latitudes: as recently as 2015, researchers identified 28 previously undiscovered virus groups in a melting glacier. These harmful pathogens could make their way into streams, rivers, and waterways as the ice caps melt, wreaking havoc on our immune systems that have no natural resistance to these ancient diseases.  

If the COVID-19 outbreak is any indication, that future may now be our reality – which is why we have to act on climate change.

As early as 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change cited climate change as a severe risk to human health. Those findings initially received backlash: What could the climate have to do with health? But today it's clear that the criticisms – not the climate science – were baseless.

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