The Morning Call (Sunday)
Coronavirus remains a serious threat Pandemics may be tied to biodiversity loss
The coronavirus pandemic is raging unchecked. Many states including Pennsylvania are experiencing sharp increases in the numberof cases. Theelection fuss must not distract us from this danger.
Please, please, protect yourself and your loved ones by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Listen to your doctors and the scientists. Terry Smith
Neither Donald J. Trump nor Joe Biden appears to be in favor of halting fracking in Pennsylvania — but at what cost? From a strict environmental perspective, the list of ramifications is extensive, including possible biodiversity loss. But how does biodiversity loss, let alone fracking, have any relation to the COVID-19 pandemic?
A recent report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform onBiodiversity and Ecosystem Services states that it is fully evident that loss of biodiversity and human-caused climate change will cause quarantine season to become a regular attribute to the calendar year. If wecontinue to allow the state’s economy to depend on the fracking industry, we are promoting possible biodiversity loss and increasing the chances of more pandemics to occur. Chelsea Hill
Lower Saucon Township
The writer is a senior at Moravian College.