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Letter: Loss of biodiversity risks another pandemic

A rapidly warming Arctic (“Riviera heat in Arctic Circle renews global warming concerns”, Report, June 27, and “The warnings of a Siberian heatwave”, FT View, June 27) is part of climate change and associated loss of biodiversity.

Natural habitats have long been damaged by climate change, pollution, and other human impacts. The earth is now in a sixth mass extinction, with a loss of biodiversity that increases the probability of transmission to humans of zoonotic diseases like Ebola, Sars, Mers and now Covid-19.

Loss of biodiversity is an insidious killer. We must slow climate change if we hope to avoid another pandemic.

Reiner Jaakson
Oakville, ON, Canada

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