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COVID-19’s animal origins remind us that biodiversity and wildlife are disappearing at an alarming rate


In the last 50 years, Earth has been transformed by an explosion in global trade, consumption and human population growth, which has promoted urbanization and lifted many out of poverty.

But there’s a cost to progress: a dangerous loss of biodiversity and depletion of the animal kingdom. That loss is ultimately a human cost, evidenced right now in 2020’s dominant headlines: wildfires, locust plagues and the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Read:‘Still no sign of the sun’: Dense smoke from wildfires causes dark, orange skies over West

The Living Planet Index, which tracks some 4,000 species of vertebrates, suggests that increasing deforestation and agricultural…


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