Pam McElwee (KS & Wadham '93) Authors "COVID-19 and the Biodiversity Crisis"

Pam McElwee
The Hill

As the U.S. faces yet another peak of COVID-19 infections, it’s worth remembering how we got here. 

We have yet more evidence regarding the origin, emergence and impact of pandemics from a new report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Not only do novel zoonotic diseases pose an “existential threat to health and welfare” but without preventative strategies, we are likely to see even more outbreaks in the future. The report is unequivocal: “The underlying causes of pandemics are the same global environmental changes that drive biodiversity loss and climate change.”

Read the full article 'COVID-19 and the Biodiversity Crisis'.