David Lapola who is a Brazillian ecologist predicted to face another pandemic after coronavirus from the Amazon rainforest. He says that the unruled deforestation, a human invasion on animals’ habitats can be the main reason for this.
Researchers confirmed that most of the zoonotic diseases arise from such steps involved in urbanization. These changes can actually transform harmful infections from animals to human beings. And one such aftereffect of China’s fast pace urbanization is this coronavirus which is believed to be originated from bats.
All about Amazon rainforest and generation of zoonotic diseases
A researcher who studies the influence of human activities onthe coming future of ecosystems says that the same processes are soon going to happen in Amazon resulting from deforestation.
The Amazon rainforest being a huge reservoir of a wide variety of viruses is actually omitting at a very fast pace.
In the previous year which was president JairBolsonaro’s first year in the office, deforestation in the Amazon rainforest streamed almost 85 % of the land which is about 10,000 square kilometers. This took an area that is approximately equal to the size of Lebanon. However, this progression didn’t stop there and is still continuously affecting the rainforest and around 1202 square kilometers of the area had been wiped out inthe first four months. This has been observed on the basis of data collected from satellite images of Brazil’s National Space Research Centre and has claimed to set all the new records.
But all these observations and predictions are actually not good signs for the planet’s future. And Lapola who has completed his Ph.D. in earth system successfully from Max Planck institutes in Germany and is working at the University of Campinas, Brazil has shared his views saying that any disturbance created in naturecan create transmission of viruses from animals to humans.
HIV, Ebola, dengue
Well, Lapola said that similar patterns can be observed in the case of HIV virus, Ebola, and dengue fever which are some other viruses that came from animals. Well, many such outbreaks have been intense in the regions of South Asia and Africa which can be co-related to some species of bats.
Moreover, Amazon can prove to be the biggest region of coronavirus so it should not be used injudiciously like these days.
Well, there is another reason for being frightened about this deforestation by illegitimate farmers and miners. And the president himself sent the army to the rainforest to fight against this deforestation and further wants to open home-grown lands for mining and agricultural purposes.
However, Lapola shared his views saying that the government would rather boost the current environmental agency IBAMA facing some budget cute under the supervision of the current president. And further tries to be hopeful for the next administration to be more protective about biological treasures. Well, all this is a very daunting process and needs to be handled with more good sense.