"The report, written for the science-policy website IPBES, said: 'Rampant deforestation, uncontrolled expansion of agriculture, intensive farming, mining and infrastructure development, as well as the exploitation of wild species have created a 'perfect storm' for the spillover of diseases.' "
The scientists warned that we have a small window of opportunity in overcoming the challenges of the current crisis 'to avoid sowing the seeds of future ones'.
Government fund recovery packages to bolster failing economies must be used to strengthen environmental protection. Relaxing environmental standards 'without requiring urgent and fundamental change essentially subsidises the emergence of future pandemics', they said.