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Climate change is creating ideal conditions for thousands of viruses to jump between species, according to a new study published in Nature, which will increase the risk of these viruses spilling over to humans, causing extreme pandemics like Covid-19. 

The research was years in the making, said co-author Colin Carlson, and added that the results were "horrifying and urgent". Carlson, an assistant research professor at Georgetown University, tweeted:

He and his colleagues used modelling to simulate how nearly 3 140 species will share viruses and create new spillover risk hotspots during the next 50 years.

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