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first_imgThe next pandemic could come from the Amazon rainforest, warns Brazilian ecologist David Lapola, who says human encroachment on animals’ habitats — a likely culprit in the coronavirus outbreak — is soaring there because of rampant deforestation.Researchers say the urbanization of once-wild areas contributes to the emergence of zoonotic diseases — those that pass from animals to humans.That includes the new coronavirus, which scientists believe originated in bats before passing to humans in China’s rapidly urbanizing Hubei province, probably via a third species. HIV, Ebola, dengueSimilar patterns can be seen with HIV, Ebola and dengue fever — “all viruses that emerged or spread on a huge scale because of ecological imbalances,” he said.So far, most such outbreaks have been concentrated in South Asia and Africa, often linked to certain species of bats.But the Amazon’s immense biodiversity could make the region “the world’s biggest coronavirus pool,” he said — referring to coronaviruses in general, not the one behind the current pandemic.”That’s one more reason not to use the Amazon irrationally, like we’re doing now,” he said.And one more reason to be alarmed by the surge in deforestation by illegal farmers, miners and loggers, he added.Bolsonaro, a climate-change skeptic who wants to open protected indigenous lands to mining and agriculture, deployed the army to the Amazon this week to fight deforestation, in a rare protective move.But Lapola said he would rather see the government reinforce the existing environmental agency, IBAMA, which has faced staffing and budget cuts under Bolsonaro.”I hope under the next administration we’ll pay more attention to protecting what may be the planet’s greatest biological treasure,” Lapola said.”We need to reinvent the relationship between our society and the rainforest.”Otherwise, the world faces more outbreaks — “a very complex process that is difficult to predict,” he said.”We’d better just play it safe.” Last year, in far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s first year in office, deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon surged 85 percent, to more than 10,000 square kilometers (3,900 square miles) — an area nearly the size of Lebanon.The trend is continuing this year. From January to April, 1,202 square kilometers were wiped out, setting a new record for the first four months of the year, according to data based on satellite images from Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (INPE).That is bad news, not just for the planet but for human health, said Lapola, who holds a PhD in earth system modeling from the Max Planck Institutes in Germany and works at the University of Campinas in Brazil.”When you create ecological disequilibrium… that’s when a virus can jump” from animals to humans, he said. Lapola, 38, who studies how human activity will reshape the future ecosystems of tropical forests, says the same processes are in play in the Amazon.”The Amazon is a huge reservoir of viruses,” he told AFP in an interview.”We’d better not try our luck.”The world’s biggest rainforest is disappearing at an alarming rate. Topics :last_img read more

first_img Djokovic had an equally tough time against impressive fifth-ranked Medvedev, coming through a top-draw contest 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 on the back of Dusan Lajovic beating Karen Khachanov 7-5, 7-6 (7⁄1). Novak Djokovic battled hard in his win against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev to send Serbia into the final of the ATP Cup Read Also: Serena drops set before reaching Auckland quarters “Alex was playing at a very high level and for me my energy was a little bit lower than usual. But it has been a very emotional evening and a pleasure playing here,” said Nadal. “We know it’s going to be a super tough final (against Serbia),” he added. “Novak likes a lot to play here, he’s had a lot of great results. So let’s see. We have a good team too.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… World number one Nadal ground down pumped-up Australian Alex de Minaur to guide the Davis Cup champions through their semi-final while Djokovic battled past Russia’s Daniil Medvedev. World number one Rafael Nadal indicated he would be one of the players taking part in a fund-raising exhibition match for fire victims ahead of the Australian Open Under the format of the innovative team event in Sydney, the top-ranked singles players from each country play each other, ensuring the two legends clash for a 55th time since their first showdown in 2006. World number two Djokovic leads the head-to-heads 28-26, including beating his arch-rival in the Australian Open final last year. Nadal outlasted De Minaur 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 after unflappable teammate Roberto Bautista Agut tamed Nick Kyrgios 6-1, 6-4.Advertisement Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face each other in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup after winning epic three-set matches Saturday to steer Spain and Serbia into the decider. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On InstagramCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Artlast_img read more

first_img Loading… “[Espinoza was] a proper young football player, very respectful and educated, with a great projection within Guayaquil City,” he told EFE. “I have known him since he was 12 when he arrived at the club. “As we learned, [attackers] confused him with someone else when he was at the door of his house today.” His coach Carlos Franco has revealed that the attacker confused his player for someone else.Advertisement Read Also: Messi pays tribute to healthcare workers in message of supportEspinoza was part of Guayaquil City’s reserves, while the first team currently sit fifth in the Ecuadorian league, four points behind leaders Tecnico Universitario.The young midfielder was training at home due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country, as the league has been suspended since March 15.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Guayaquil City player Edwin Espinoza, aged 20, was shot dead in front of his house in the Guayaquil neighbourhood Isla Trinitaria, in Ecuador. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Best Cars Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

first_imgWest Indies won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in the second One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series at Hagley Oval on Saturday.Chris Gayle, who has struggled with an undisclosed illness in recent days, has been replaced by Kyle Hope, while Sheldon Cottrell has come in for the injured Kesrick Williams, in the two changes to the Windies XI.New Zealand, meanwhile, have replaced the rested duo of captain Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, with Neil Broom and Matt Henry.TEAMS:NEW ZEALAND – Tom Latham (captain), George Worker, Colin Munro, Neil Broom, Ross Taylor, T Latham, Henry Nicholls, Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.WINDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Kyle Hope, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Mohammed, Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Ronsford Beaton, Sheldon Cottrell, Shannon Gabriel.last_img read more