Ever since the 2001 SARS outbreak and H5N1 avian flu in 2003, we’ve developed tools to monitor diseases that transmitted from animals to humans. But what does a large-scale roll-out entail?
Specimen preservation means researchers don't need to reinvent the wheel each time they ask a new question, making it critical for the advancement of science. But many specimens are discarded or lost.
Needed: less wild meat in cities, more wildlife experts in public health.
Among the human rights under threat are the rights to life, health, food, a healthy environment, water, an adequate standard of living and culture.
Plenty of species are susceptible to infection, but during the pandemic only mink seem to have passed the virus on to humans.
Yes, your cat can get coronavirus, but here's why you don't need to worry too much.
Human encroachment on the environment is increasing the threat of diseases like COVID-19, but spending more time in nature could also be part of the solution to this pandemic.
Genetic information that could help finger the next infectious threat is stored in museums around the world.
If South Africa's proposed Meat Safety Act gets passed in its present form it opens up the possibility of massive consumption of wildlife.
By identifying the roots of global ills such as climate change and biodiversity, there's an opportunity for coordinated action as countries lay new pathways for a post-COVID world.
Australia has been identified as a hotspot for emerging diseases, which occurs when human activities collide with a richness of animal species.
Garden bird feeders and water baths could be hotspots for infectious disease transmission.
Displaced people are particularly at risk from zoonotic diseases transmitted between animals and humans.
Illegal wild animal meat is found in cities right across the world and poses a very real threat of infecting people.
Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.
COVID-19 has brought to the fore the interdependency of business and society. It's time for amendments to the social contract that underlies societal support for business.
People can still learn a great deal about these mammals while keeping a safe distance.
COVID-19 could potentially be harmful for endangered great apes.
The value that bats provide to humans by pollinating crops and eating insects is far greater than harm from virus transmission – which is mainly caused by human actions.
In the real world, new diseases emerge from complex environments. To learn more about how, scientists set up whole artificial ecosystems in the lab, instead of focusing on just one factor at a time.