Ecological changes may be one of the leading contributors to disease outbreaks and certainly a leading contender for global warming. Like oceans, forests are major carbon sequesters which means less carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. However little is discussed about deforestations impact oh human and environmental health. Declining biodiversity results in changes in predation and disease susceptibility. This article does a nice job exploring the adverse health impact of deforestation.
A growing body of scientific evidence shows that the felling of tropical forests creates optimal conditions for the spread of mosquito-borne scourges, including malaria and dengue. Primates and other animals are also spreading disease from cleared forests to people.
Posted 27 Feb 2016