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More hurricanes. More viruses.

It is by far the worst hurricane season on record. During 2019 we had 18 named storms including 6 hurricanes. This year the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is tracking to be the most active hurricane season on record and it’s not over yet. To date it looks like 30 namesake storms including 14 hurricanes.

It is well recognized that our fossil fuel burning and human encroachment is wreaking havoc with our ecosystems across the planet. What we need to face also now is that ecosystem disruptions are also wreaking havoc on our health.

As we struggle with the Covid19 today we must also face the facts that we are enabling more zoonotic spillover of viruses to jump from animals to humans as we impact natural habitats without regard for the consequences.

As more hurricanes are the result of our activities as humans heating up the oceans. More viruses will emerge as a result of our encroachment on more and more natural habitats and the destruction ecosystems that once created a buffer zone that prevented animal and human virus spillover.

Unless we face the climate emergency that we are in the midst of we will have more and more dangerous hurricanes and more and more dangerous viruses every year.

It is past time to recognize the connection between our health and how we interact with nature on this planet that we share before it is really too late.


Bernard Re, Jr .
North Canaan, CT
November 15, 2020

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