COVID-19 Science and Culture

Coronavirus responses highlight how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit their worldview

The same facts will sound different to people depending on what they already believe. By Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University Bemoaning uneven individual and state compliance with public health recommendations, top U.S. COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci recently blamed the country’s ineffective pandemic response on an American “anti-science bias.” He called this bias […]

COVID-19 Disease Ecology Global Health

As Covid-19 Crisis Continues, UNEP and Global Partners Release 10-Point Plan to Prevent the Next Pandemic

“The science is clear that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of these diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead.” By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams “Climate change is a force of growing importance that influences the future geographic distribution and […]

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Animal Care Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Rehabilitation

From Puppies to Primates: A Veterinarian’s Path to Saving Wildlife

By Ben Lybarger Back in 2018, I shared a dorm room in Bolivia with a veterinary surgeon from Italy, and at times also a baby macaw or squirrel monkey that he would wake up every couple of hours to feed. His name was Cristian Tirapelle, and we were both working with Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) at […]

Global Health Science Education

Coronavirus Testing 1….2…..3…….

By Mrinalini Watsa Disease testing sounds complicated. Reading about it in the news in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is even worse. If you are pretty sure that you’ve read contradictory news articles — you are not wrong! Most of them don’t slow down to explain that there are actually multiple ‘coronavirus tests’ […]

Disease Ecology Global Health

Why do bats get blamed for spillovers so often?

By Efstathia Robakis As the COVID-19* pandemic continues to unfold, scientists are scrambling to answer old questions as new ones continue to arise. Though it doesn’t seem pressing now, given the urgency of so many other real and immediate issues related to the virus’ stranglehold on the world, the question of the virus’ origins is […]

Deforestation Ecology Global Health

Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics Author: John Vidal Top photo: Illicit Endangered Wildlife Trade in Möng La, Shan, Myanmar, courtesy of Dan Bennett from Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0). This article originally appeared at Ensia.com and is reproduced here under Creative Commons […]

Disease Ecology Global Health Wildlife Trafficking

Conservationists set the record straight on COVID-19’s wildlife links

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been characterized by the World Health Organization as a pandemic. As the virus spreads, so too does misinformation about its origins. Rumors that COVID-19 was manufactured in a lab or that we know with full certainty which animal host passed the disease to humans are unfounded. Given the clear […]

Ecology Economy Environment

What price tag would you put on a walk in the woods?

Ecosystem services such as pollination and carbon storage are increasingly factored into land management decisions. But what about less tangible benefits? Author: Olivia McRae Top Photo: Ben Lybarger This article originally appeared at Ensia.com and is reproduced here under Creative Commons licensing (CC BY-ND 3.0) Ecosystem services such as pollination and carbon storage are increasingly […]