Coronavirus pandemic is a dress rehearsal of what to expect if governments continue to ignore science | John Hewson | Opinion

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TThe coronavirus pandemic should be seen as a dress rehearsal of what lies ahead if we continue to ignore the laws of science, the physical world and the demands of several catastrophic threats such as climate change.

Just as Australia was not alarmingly prepared for the recent bush fires and drought, even if they had happened repeatedly in our history, the world was not prepared for the coronavirus, even if ‘There had been many risk warnings over many years.

Unfortunately, governments and political authorities seem unable to accept scientific and other evidence and fail to heed clear warnings and predictions. They are also generally reluctant to think longer term and strategically to plan how to avoid and / or manage a series of catastrophic risks that increase and threaten our standard of living and lifestyle – and, ultimately, survival. human.

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