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Is the human destruction of nature responsible for COVID-19? Show more Show less

As coronavirus infects more and more people globally, the question becomes why now? Why has the pandemic began now? Could it be that increasing levels of climate change and continued destruction of the environment are to blame?

No, destruction of the environment did not cause the coronavirus pandemic Show more Show less

While COVID-19 is devastating, it is not caused by environmental destruction.
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The wildlife trade caused the pandemic

The trading of illegal wildlife is worth over a billion dollars. It was this that caused the pandemic, not the destruction of the environment.
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The Argument

The pandemic stemmed from an illegal wildlife market in Wuhan. While there are certainly huge problems with the wildlife market, this causing the coronavirus outbreak is not the same thing as it being caused due to environment destruction or climate change.

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[P1] The coronavirus outbreak stems from a wildlife market. [P2] This has nothing to do with the environment.

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    This page was last edited on Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 at 16:21 UTC