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Re-thinking Nature’s Aliens: How True Bio-diversity Benefits Us All

9780807033685By Fred Pearce, author of The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation (Beacon Press, April 2015)

Alien species are taking over nature. Rogue rats, predatory jellyfish, suffocating super-weeds, snakehead fish wriggling across the land–all are headed for an ecosystem near you. These biological adventurers are travelling the world in ever greater numbers, hitchhiking in our hand luggage, hidden in cargo holds and stuck to the bottom of ships. Our modern, human-dominated world of globalized trade is giving footloose species many more chances to cruise the planet and set up home in distant lands. Some run riot, massacring local species, trashing their new habitats and spreading diseases. Continue reading

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