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Preventing Pandemics, Global Warming and Environmental Degradation all at Once

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Preventing Pandemics, Global Warming and Environmental Degradation all at Once
(April 24, 2020) One commonality lies at the core of the current massive global challenges: the destructive relationship between humanity and the natural world, write WCS's James Watson, Lauren Oakes and Sarah Olson for CNN.

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Seven More Big Cats Positive for Coronavirus

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Seven More Big Cats Positive for Coronavirus
(April 24, 2020) Fecal samples from four more tigers and three lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York City have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19; all are expected to make a full recovery. This comes nearly three weeks after one tiger, Nadia, at the zoo was confirmed to have the virus and six other cats were said to be exhibiting symptoms. Read more here with National Geographic

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Deforestation and Species Loss Open the Door for New Diseases

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Deforestation and Species Loss Open the Door for New Diseases
(April 21, 2020) In a recent Mongabay piece,  'Why do deforestation and species loss open the door to new diseases?' Dr Luz Dary, veterinarian and coordinator of Health and Wildlife Trafficking for WCS-Colombia, highlights scientific evidence that shows a link between deforestation and land-use change and an increase in diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis or Chagas disease .

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WCS's Dr Walzer Testifies to Congress

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WCS's Dr Walzer Testifies to Congress
(April 16, 2020) Yesterday Dr Chris Walzer, the Executive Director of WCS' Health Program, testified at a virtual congressional hearing entitled "Wildlife Trade, Origins of COVID-19 and Preventing Future Pandemics"  Dr Walzer reiterated:  "If this trade, and large commercial markets for wildlife for human consumption, continue unabated, then the risk of another #COVID19 like pandemic will remain high." You can watch the recorded hearing  here and read Dr Walzer's full testimony...

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We Need to Rethink Our Relationship with Wildlife and Wild Places

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We Need to Rethink Our Relationship with Wildlife and Wild Places
(April 08, 2020) Just as we created the conditions that led to the current pandemic, we can create the conditions to minimize future risk. Says Dr Chris Walzer: "To Reduce The Likelihood Of Future Pandemics, We Need To Rethink Our Relationship With Wild Animals And Wild Places"  

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