How animal agriculture could contribute to pandemics — and solutions to prevent it

The warning signs of the harm the food industry could cause were apparent long before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a University of Texas at Austin researcher.

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Marine mammals may be at risk of COVID from humans; study

While there have been indications that this pandemic spread from animals to humans, a new study shows humans could spread it to marine mammals.


The coronavirus opens another front: animal fur farms

Why Denmark, a global centre for farmed minks, is considering killing 17 million of them and banning the industry.

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.

COVID infections in animals prompt scientific concern

Mink in Denmark are not the only animals that could become reservoirs for the coronavirus to spread new mutations to people.

How effective are China’s attempts to reduce the risk of wildlife spreading disease to humans?

Progress, loopholes and contradictions converge as the world's most populous country works to lower the odds of another global pandemic.


Video: When diseases jump from animals to humans

AIDS, Ebola, and the new coronavirus are all zoonotic diseases that jumped from wild animals to us. So how can we better prevent that from happening again?

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.

Narwhals could be at high risk of catching COVID-19: researcher

Northern whales could contract virus from vessel wastewater and spread it through blowhole droplets.


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.

Forest degradation outpaces deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon: Study

Brazilian Amazon deforestation rates have stayed below their 2003 peak, despite recent increases. However, this decline was offset by a trend of increased forest degradation.


Are exotic skins out of fashion?

Covid-19 may be the tipping point when it comes to crocodile, python, ostrich, and clothes.

YouTube videos inspire unsafe mountain gorilla tourism, study finds

Videos of people getting too close to and touching apes motivates other people to do the same — and that could spread diseases like COVID-19.

A new COVID documentary explores who is to blame for the pandemic

“How to Stop the Next Pandemic,” a Times documentary, reveals how your choices make future pandemics more likely.

Infrastructure projects in the tropics threaten forests and community rights, study finds

Large-scale infrastructure investments in Latin American countries threaten efforts to protect tropical forests and mitigate climate change, according to a new analysis published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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