The latest global health crisis could be the first time we’ve seen a pandemic of an environmental disease, the new Environmental Health and Development for Development (EHEDD) report has found.
While we’re still in the early stages of understanding the potential impact of climate change on the health of the planet, the research found that a number of countries are facing significant challenges in adapting to this situation.
It has emerged that the world faces a “significant” threat to biodiversity, with the threat to amphibians, turtles and reptiles being particularly acute, and there are “urgent” issues to address in this area, including the impact of COVID-19 on amphibian populations.
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It is estimated that climate change could make the world habitable for fewer than 1 million people by 2050, while the impacts of COID-19 are expected to “disrupt or destroy” many more people.
A report from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) found that as much as 60 per cent of COEDD (carbon dioxide emissions) could be avoided if we took immediate steps to reduce our emissions.
The report’s co-author, Prof Adam Ehrlich, told the BBC that COVID is a pandemically devastating disease, which will be “devastating” to many species, but he said that as we’re now entering a pandemaker stage, the threat posed by this disease is “far greater”.
“This is an opportunity to learn from what’s already happening,” he said.
“It will be a challenge to do this in the context of an economic downturn, because the economy is in crisis.”
It will take more than just tackling COVID, the report found, but also tackling other climate change threats such as water pollution, air pollution, deforestation and acid rain.
This will be challenging to do because COVID has the potential to cause extreme weather and drought conditions, and to affect human health in a number different ways.
Prof Ehrleith said the challenge for the field is to “rethink our approach” in order to “get our collective minds around this”.
“The fact is that COED will make it difficult for us to manage a global pandemic,” he added.
“And we’re just not equipped to deal with it.”
This will impact us globally and globally.
But in many countries, including Australia, we have already begun to take steps to mitigate these threats.
“Dr Ehrli said the report showed that the field needs to think of itself as a “disaster-resilient” organisation.”
We need to do more,” he told the ABC.”
The field needs a very serious rethink about how it does its business.
“It is understood that Australia is currently facing its first COVID pandemic.