Protecting land and animals will mitigate future pandemics, report says

The same forces driving extinction, habitat loss, and climate change will also lead to future pandemics, say an international group of scientists.
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What’s special about bat viruses? What we don't know could hurt us

The immune systems of bats are weird, but we don’t know how weird, how they got that way or enough about other animals.

Western wildfires will be a boon for these native species

As scary as wildfires are for people living near them, burned forests create some of the most biodiverse ecosystems.

Can humans give coronavirus to bats, and other wildlife?

Federal agencies suggest caution in U.S. bat research to avoid transmitting the novel coronavirus to wildlife.

Heads up, America: Animal-borne diseases are closer than you think

Environmental disruptions don't just cause zoonotic diseases to emerge in Africa or Asia. The same thing is happening in the USA.

Wildlife trade spreads coronaviruses as animals get to market

DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone’s dinner plate.

On the hunt for the next deadly virus

Searching for new viruses and tracking down the source of pandemics, scientists are laying the groundwork to defeat “spillover” diseases.

U.S. and Chinese scientists trace evolution of coronaviruses in bats

Researchers whose canceled U.S. grant caused an outcry from other scientists urge preventive monitoring of viruses in southwestern China.

Human activities are responsible for viruses crossing over from bats and causing pandemics like coronavirus

Population growth, global travel and climate change provide opportunities for cross-species transfer.

Hear me roar: Coronavirus keeps zoos behind bars

The pandemic is keeping people away from zoos — making it difficult to pay for animal care and science programs.

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As the pandemic inflames old fears, Texas’s ‘Bat Man’ urges: don’t blame bats

Merlin Tuttle has spent his career dispelling myths about bats. Now he’s defending them once again.

Fauci: No scientific evidence the coronavirus was made in a Chinese lab

In an exclusive interview, the face of America’s COVID-19 response cautions against the rush for states to reopen, and offers his tips for handling the pandemic's information deluge.

Is the coronavirus connected to climate change?

In a warmer world, disease outbreaks are more common and people are less able to fight them.

Traffic noise reduces bats' ability to feed

The thunder of road traffic is likely to drive away bats, according to a study, which found vehicle noise caused bat activity to decrease by two-thirds.

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