When Biodiversity Fails, Human Health Is On the Line

The rapid rise of disease caused by a new coronavirus seems to have caught much of the world by surprise. It shouldn't have, write Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ernest Bai Koroma. The two former presidents have expounded on the role of biodiversity in the Covid-19 outbreak, writing: Research also shows that many of the most serious outbreaks - including Ebola, and the Zika and Nipah viruses - have been linked to biodiversity loss, and to deforestation in particular.

Flowering fynbos, Tylecodon grandiflorus (a crassula), looking North East over False Bay from the Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park (file photo).

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