UN SDG #15 Life on Land UN SDG #15
UN SDG #3 Good Health and Well-being UN SDG #3

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How deforestation is a public health issue

Deforestation, fragmentation of habitats and loss of diversity increase the presence of emerging pathogens, causing major public health problems. The dynamics of many pathogens are increasingly related to the drastic changes we are making to the environment, such as deforestation, pollution, the invasion of natural areas or the loss of diversity.

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How deforestation is a public health issue

Deforestation, fragmentation of habitats and loss of diversity increase the presence of emerging pathogens, causing major public health problems. The dynamics of many pathogens are increasingly related to the drastic changes we are making to the environment, such as deforestation, pollution, the invasion of natural areas or the loss of diversity.
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Those who are dedicated to the ecology of diseases have more and more scientific evidence that allows them to point out that deforestation, fragmentation of habitats and loss of diversity increase the presence of emerging pathogens, causing major public health problems. Since the mid-1990s, advocates of disease ecology have warned that fragmentation of ecosystems and loss of species diversity have increased health risks not only for wildlife, but also for humans.

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