When climate, nature and human health intertwine

Pandemic shows people are part of nature, and protecting nature addresses climate change too

When I go running around the Singapore Botanic Gardens, I often pass by the lake where one can see the black swans.

To me, they are a beautiful representation of biodiversity on the planet. But they also serve as metaphors for "black swan" events - unpredictable events with major impacts, like Covid-19.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2021, with the headline 'When climate, nature and human health intertwine'. Subscribe