. Climate change “may have played a key role” in coronavirus pandemic, study says « JO LEE MAGAZINE

CBS – Human-caused climate change “may have played a key role” in the coronavirus pandemic. That’s the conclusion of a new study which examined how changes in climate have transformed the forests of Southeast Asia, resulting in an explosion of bat species.

Due to changes in vegetation over the past 100 years, an additional 40 species of bat have moved into the region, carrying with them 100 more types of bat-borne coronaviruses. Many scientists believe the virus that started the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic originated in bats in China’s Yunnan province or neighboring areas.

These findings have scientists concerned about the probability that climate change will make future pandemics more likely.

Discover more about this study at CBS News.

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