The coronavirus is not good for nature

| June 26, 2020 | Leave a Comment

Gorillas in jungle

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Media Type: News / Op - Ed

Date of Publication: May 14

Year of Publication: 2020

Publication City: Doha - Qatar

Publisher: Al Jazeera Media Network

Author(s): Marco Lambertini

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It may seem like COVID-19 has led to a resurgence of nature, but the full picture is not so rosy.

It has been all over the media for weeks now: Nature has “hit the reset button”. “Animals are taking over,” read countless upbeat posts on Twitter.

With billions of humans forced to stay home across the world, as the COVID-19 outbreak ravages lives and livelihoods, wildlife appears to be making a comeback. Every day sees fresh reports of nature taking this unprecedented time, when a third of the global population is on lockdown, to reclaim spaces long ago colonized by humans. In Thailand, tourist-free beaches have lured record numbers of rare turtles to breed; in South Africa, penguins are waddling through the abandoned streets; and in Italy, wolves, deer and bears have been spotted in big towns and cities.

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