Kim O'Hara wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:31 pm
Not necessarily. Populations of animals - bats, dogs, pigs (e.g. swine fever), etc - all have their populations of bugs and they are constantly mutating, just as ours are. What it takes for a bug to jump the species barrier is contact between an animal with a compatible version of the bug, and a person susceptible to it. In this case it seems to have happened in an animal meat market in Wuhan.
Ebola virus - https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-shee ... us-disease
- is probably the most notorious case of this sort of transmission, since its mortality rate is so high.
From earlier reports i read and workshops i attended, climate change has been linked to an increase in the so-called vector borne diseases. In the world of arguments and conflicting interests, the elasticity of concepts can always be used in support of a certain claim. For example, it is not clear why climate change would play a role in a medium like a mosquito, but not in a medium like a mosquito. Had the weather been cooler on that day, the Chinese man who bought and ate the bat in Wuhan would possibly have stayed home and we would have averted the disaster.
The thing is, the "label" of climate change is often used when something unpleasant happens, For example, now, where i live, the weather is beautiful and the birds are singing, but to call this climate change would be missing the point, unless something unpleasant happens such as wildfire or civil war, then climate change comes into play to explain phenomena.
Those who found a causal link between climate change and the civil war in Syria are more than capable of finding a causal link between climate change and coronavirus and possibly they are already working on it as we speak. Human imagination can be quite creative and wild in explaining things using names and causality (the idea of God comes to mind).
I am not an English native speaker, but the word "disease" seem to convey a state of dis-ease. Another commonality between coronavirus and climate change that both convey a state of dis-ease, creating more in the process. If people believe that they will eventually die, then why don't they spend the rest of their time without drama!
'Too much knowledge leads to scepticism. Early devotees are the likeliest apostates, as early sinners are senile saints.' – Will Durant.