New Delhi, June 03, 2020.

Environmental degradation is posing serious threat to our health. The origins of new pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 are believed to be the results of environmental degradation. As part of the World Environment Day celebration, we will be bringing out a series of articles highlighting the potential effects of climate change on human health.

World Environment Day is the United Nations’ flagship campaign for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since 1974, World Environment Day has been celebrated every year on 5 June around the world. It encourages governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue. The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Biodiversity”. This year Colombia will host World Environment Day 2020 in partnership with Germany.

Biodiversity is the foundation that supports life both on land and below water. Changing, or removing one element of this web can affect the entire life system and lead to negative consequences. Human activities like deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture, are the main cause of climate change and biodiversity loss. If this continues, it will have severe implications for humanity, such as collapse of food and health systems.

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