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Coronavirus: Packham warning

Coronavirus: Packham warning 23 March 2020

Coronavirus: Packham warns of impact on environmental issues (via BBC)

By Stephen Stafford and Ben Moore

The coronavirus outbreak could set back efforts to tackle environmental issues by years, TV naturalist Chris Packham has warned. 

He said a preoccupation with fighting the pandemic could move climate change down governments’ agendas.

The presenter said the outbreak could affect natural landscapes with nature reserves going unmaintained.

But he added it could give wildlife a “respite” and urged people to “engage with nature”.

Packham warned “another deadly effect” of the virus could be a failure to deal with climate change and biodiversity loss.

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