Scientists warn that climate change could cause up to 15,000 new transmissions of viruses between different animal species by 2070. After all, a runaway climate would push bats to other regions.
It is no longer necessary to plot what this could mean, as the new coronavirus passed from bats to humans via a vector at the end of 2019.
With climate change, many animals will move to other habitats, along with parasites and pathogens. That would increase the risk of infectious diseases spreading from animals to humans in the next 50 years, according to the science journal Nature.
Species that have never come into contact with each other suddenly do so. The risk will be greater in densely populated areas, especially in tropical Africa and Southeast Asia.
The study examined how global changes in the future could create “hotspots” where viruses travel and diseases originate. She outlined how animals would move if the Earth’s temperature rose by 2 degrees by 2070 and their current habitats were no longer suitable for them.
Scientists have estimated that there will be at least 15,000 new transmissions of viruses between animal species, driven primarily by bats, which carry viruses that can easily be transmitted to humans.
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