Risk of zoonotic diseases rises with environmental destruction

Leading scientists say that human encroachment on nature is increasing the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

Harmful activities, such as deforestation, increase human-wildlife interaction. This can heighten the risk of pathogens jumping from animals to humans. According to IPBES experts, efforts to address climate change and biodiversity loss will likely reduce the risk of future pandemics.

Click here to read the IPBES Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics.