Hidden in the long shadow of Covid-19, 2020 has been a dark
year. Scientists have been forewarning a pandemic like this
for years, pointing to the rise in zoonotic pathogens—
those that jump from animals to humans—
as a reflection of the pressures people put on planet Earth.
Those pressures have grown exponentially over the past
100 years. Humans have achieved incredible things, but we
have taken the Earth to the brink. Climate change, rupturing
inequalities, record numbers of people forced from their
homes by conflict and crisis— these are the results of societies
that value what they measure instead of measuring what
they value.

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