Berlin: Experts say that if we do not protect nature, more viruses will emerge in the world that will spread faster, become more dangerous and target more people.
A recent study in Germany found that if forests and other wildlife habitats (their homes), birds, animals and plants were taken care of our world would be protected from various epidemics.
The study was conducted by the German government-sponsored Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Research has revealed that there are currently around 1.7 million undiscovered viruses on our planet that could infect humans.
Experts say that when we are more concerned with animals, such as hunting them for illegal trade, approaching their sanctuaries, or cutting down forests and building new structures there, we are less susceptible to these viruses. Approaching can result in the spread of various epidemics.
An example of this is the Corona virus of Covid 19, which began to spread from the Chinese fish market.
The study said that measures to prevent these epidemics would be 100 times cheaper than those taken to prevent the spread of an epidemic, but that the world’s attention was less focused on it.
Experts say the corona virus has caused 8.16 trillion (trillion = trillion) losses to the global economy as of July alone, with an estimated 1.6 trillion economic losses in the United States alone.
The study underscores the importance of protecting the environment and the need for urgent action.