Corona and almost nothing else - that's how many people currently see everyday life.
That sucks your nerves.
However, times may be much worse.
Human-caused environmental damage can sometimes be irreparable.
As a result, animals also have to develop new habitats.
This has consequences for people - and they are extremely dangerous.
Munich - For months there has hardly been another topic worldwide than the
currently reaching highs in many countries, there is hardly any end in sight.
over the incessant Deal with the
grows in many people.
Professor Josef Settele is a
at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Halle.
He believes that things can get much worse in the future.
And if we are unlucky, it will be
even more serious and deadly than the COVID-19 wave *
, ”he writes at
So are we complaining at a high level right now?
Coronavirus: Biologist sees fatal environmental interaction - further pandemics possible
If you believe Settele, this is the case.
expected too much
The result is a "triple crisis".
"It is a fatal interplay between
extinction of species
to human (and vice versa) and can trigger pandemics," Settele explains his thesis.
These zoonoses are the origin of "often fatal diseases".
as well as malaria, AIDS or Ebola.
The Corona lockdown is currently slowing down many people's everyday lives.
Nature benefits greatly from this, as researchers recently found out.
Video: Habitat destruction increases risk of animal pathogens
Coronavirus: devastating interaction fuels viral diseases
According to the findings of the biologist Settele, climate change, extinction of species and zoonoses have a
with one another
to animals and the environment
caused by humans does the
“The more people penetrate and cannibalize nature that has been untouched by then, the more
will spread to them,” says Settele.
If animals lose their
, they relocate.
They often flee to
And live there more densely than before.
This increases the risk of the transmission of pathogens.
This means that humans must also expect an infection.
The adaptability of viruses increases the risk of infection from animals to humans.
Coronavirus: biologist warns - rise in temperature brings diseases
One reason for this is
"Climate change makes it possible for
mosquitoes, hornets and tick species
to settle in regions where they would not have survived the winter so far," says Settele.
"This is also how
diseases are brought
#Climate change is not.
Therefore, even in the middle of November, after being cut off and winterized, the clematis partially fails again and is in full bloom.
But no, it is definitely not too warm.
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strongly urges the
interaction with nature
Otherwise, people face further pandemics.
“We can't go on as before,” says Settele.
dig a pit
into which we threaten to