The WHO is hunting for the coronavirus’s origins. Here are the new details

Disease detectives who have worked on similar hunts say the investigation is business as usual—but now with advanced tools and techniques that should aid the process.
Print Friendly and PDF

We could save trillions by paying for nature-based pandemic prevention

We know pandemics come from interactions between humans and wildlife. Nature-based pandemic prevention measures could protect us in the future, as long as we fund them adequately.

China vowed to keep wildlife off the menu, a tough promise to keep

The government has moved slowly to permanently stop the sale and consumption of wild animals in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic, raising fears the practice may continue.

Thomas E. Lovejoy: To prevent pandemics, stop disrespecting nature

A leading conservationist and biodiversity scholar, with decades of experience in the Amazon, reflects on the lessons of COVID-19.

Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham, Carter Roberts: How to stop the next pandemic

Wildlife and livestock are a major cause of pandemic viruses. A few simple steps could stop the next one.

Where bats are still on the menu, if no longer the best seller

Indonesia’s wildlife markets are “like a cafeteria for animal pathogens,” but they have resisted efforts to close even as China has shut its own markets over coronavirus fears.

The surprising link between consumer habits and deadly diseases

From age-old malaria to COVID-19, markets influence systems that drive pandemic risk. Here's what we can do about it.

'Wet markets' launched the coronavirus. Here's what you need to know.

Most of the earliest COVID-19 cases trace back to one of these sites, but what are they and what do they sell?

Coronavirus pandemic linked to destruction of wildlife and world′s ecosystems

COVID-19 is the latest example of how human impact on biodiverse areas and wildlife habitats is linked to the spread of infectious diseases.

David Benatar: Our cruel treatment of animals led to the coronavirus

The conditions that lead to the emergence of new infectious diseases are the same ones that inflict horrific harms on animals.

Spillover warning: How we can prevent the next pandemic

Author David Quammen has tracked the spillover of viruses from animals to humans for more than a decade.


The mystery of how a tiger caught COVID-19 has experts chasing their tails

A new study shows human manipulation of wild habitats brings us closer to animals and assures virus spillover, making deadly pandemics inevitable.

‘Shut down those things right away’: Calls to close ‘wet markets’ ramp up pressure on China

Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s top infectious disease expert, is the latest to urge countries to crack down on marketplaces like the one linked to the coronavirus outbreak.

David Fickling: Closing China's wet markets isn't a solution to coronavirus

Hold the outrage. Far from being cesspits of disease, they provide clean, fresh produce.
From our Newsroom

Two things to be thankful for...

2020 is almost gone. And we are lucky to have prescient environmental reporters.

Major oil and gas companies join program to cut methane emissions

62 oil and gas companies from around the world signed on to a UN-led partnership aimed at bolstering monitoring and reductions of the potent climate-warming gas.

Q&A: A young environmental justice leader on the value of getting youth of color into nature

"Before decisions are made we need to practice what we preach when we say that we stand for justice and equity. In any decision-making process, youth need to be involved from the get-go."

Agents of Change: New fellows seek to reimagine science communication

Breaking through the echo chamber with new voices grounded in science, community, and equity.

10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping

Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle.

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.