July 15th, 2012, 02:35 PM #1
The term for today is "ecosystem services "
The Ecology of Disease
By JIM ROBBINS
If we fail to understand and take care of the natural world, it can cause a breakdown of these systems and come back to haunt us in ways we know little about. A critical example is a developing model of infectious disease that shows that most epidemics — AIDS, Ebola, West Nile, SARS, Lyme disease and hundreds more that have occurred over the last several decades — don’t just happen. They are a result of things people do to nature.
Disease, it turns out, is largely an environmental issue. Sixty percent of emerging infectious diseases that affect humans are zoonotic — they originate in animals. And more than two-thirds of those originate in wildlife.
Experts are trying to figure out, based on how people alter the landscape — with a new farm or road, for example — where the next diseases are likely to spill over into humans and how to spot them when they do emerge, before they can spread. They are gathering blood, saliva and other samples from high-risk wildlife species to create a library of viruses so that if one does infect humans, it can be more quickly identified. And they are studying ways of managing forests, wildlife and livestock to prevent diseases from leaving the woods and becoming the next pandemic.
It isn’t only a public health issue, but an economic one. The World Bank has estimated that a severe influenza pandemic, for example, could cost the world economy $3 trillion.
The problem is exacerbated by how livestock are kept in poor countries, which can magnify diseases borne by wild animals. A study released earlier this month by the International Livestock Research Institute found that more than two million people a year are killed by diseases that spread to humans from wild and domestic animals.
Last edited by no1_vern; July 15th, 2012 at 02:39 PM.They say technology slows down for no one. I know it outruns my wallet. I figure its because my wallet isn't light enough yet.
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July 15th, 2012, 05:23 PM #2
July 15th, 2012, 08:41 PM #3
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In the long term, the way modern humanity lives (especially the First World) is unsustainable and not beneficial to ourselves or the planet.Good job, friend-of-friends!
July 15th, 2012, 11:18 PM #4
As the way of the American Indian, the Wildlife will ALWAYS lose.
"They are gathering blood, saliva and other samples from high-risk wildlife species to create a library of viruses so that if one does infect humans, it can be more quickly identified."
Maybe the wildlife have it figured out how to get back at their perpetual antagonists.
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July 16th, 2012, 10:29 AM #5
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But now for the sane people among us
my guess is that species cross over has been happening forever. Species jumps happen I am not sure from that article how this is an altered landscape issue. I wager this happened 50,000 years ago when the first animal was domesticated. The main difference now is the speed of travel.
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