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Is human destruction of nature responsible for COVID-19? Show more Show less
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As coronavirus infects more and more people globally, the question becomes why now? Why has the pandemic began now? Could it be that increasing levels of climate change and continued destruction of the environment are to blame?

Yes, destruction of the environment caused the coronavirus pandemic Show more Show less

If it weren't for the things humankind is doing to devastate the environment, the coronavirus outbreak wouldn't have happened.
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Destruction of the environment

By not taking care of the planet, we are not taking care of ourselves.
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The Argument

We are placing too many pressures on the natural world, and this will inevitably have consequences for our health Scientists have stated that the coronavirus outbreak is a "clear warning shot" regarding humanity's treatment of the environment.[1] As destruction of the environment continues, wildlife is driven out of its natural habitat into ever closer proximity to us. Because of this, there are far more opportunities for infections to spread from animals to people, and we are far more vulnerable. If we don't want more pandemics like COVID-19, we will have to address humanity's impact on the environment, especially the soaring habitat loss of animals.

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Premises

[P1] Humanity's impact on the environment means that wildlife is experiencing extreme habitat loss. [P2] Because of this, humans and wildlife live in closer proximity than ever. [P3] This leads to more devastating viruses spreading from animals to humans.

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References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/25/coronavirus-nature-is-sending-us-a-message-says-un-environment-chief

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