Plants and Animals

Rise of invasive species is wreaking havoc across Earth, U.N. report says

Rise of invasive species is wreaking havoc across Earth, U.N. report says

Comment on this storyComment Invasive pests are wreaking havoc across the planet, destroying crops, disseminating pathogens, depleting fish people rely on for food and driving native plants and animals toward extinction, according to a major report backed by the United Nations. The landmark assessment found more than 3,500 harmful invasive species cost society more than $423 billion a year, a …

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Invasive Species Are Costing the Global Economy Billions, Study Finds

Invasive Species Are Costing the Global Economy Billions, Study Finds

Thousands of invasive species introduced to new ecosystems around the world are causing more than $423 billion in estimated losses to the global economy every year by harming nature, damaging food systems and threatening human health, a wide-ranging scientific report published on Monday has found. The costs have at least quadrupled every decade since 1970, according to the report, which …

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Biodiversity increased at Wybunbury Moss National Nature Reserve

Biodiversity increased at Wybunbury Moss National Nature Reserve

Natural England has started work to increase biodiversity on additional land at Wybunbury Moss, one of England’s oldest established national nature reserves, near Crewe, in Cheshire. This follows an agreement with the Church Commissioners for England to lease two fields of 14.94 acres in an effort to protect the moss and restore the fields to a more natural state. Work …

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September: Plant evolution | News and features

September: Plant evolution | News and features

A new study has uncovered intriguing insights into the evolution of plant biology, effectively rewriting the history of how they evolved over the past billion years. The research, published today in Nature Plants, shows plants have gradually developed their range of anatomical designs throughout the passage of time, punctuated by episodic bursts of innovation to overcome and adapt to environmental …

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Urban Animals Can’t Take the Heat, Study Finds

Urban Animals Can’t Take the Heat, Study Finds

Don’t let the rats fool you. Although the pizza-pilfering vagabonds — and a variety of other creatures — thrive in cities, for many wild animals urban environments are unappealing homes, covered in concrete and carved up by car traffic. As buildings go up and roads are laid down, some species seem to vanish from the landscape, and animal communities often …

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Invasive alien species lead to extinctions of plants & animals across Earth, IPBES report points out

'Aane Venkatesh' was trampled by an injured wild elephant as he was trying to tranquilise it. Photo: M Raghuram

Though it is possible to eradicate and control these species, it might not happen by 2030   Photo: @IISD_ENB : Anastasia Rodopoulou / Twitter Delegates at the 10th plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) finalised their report on the status of invasive alien species (IAS) and ways to control them on September 2, 2023, …

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Biodiversity body warns of $423bn annual hit from ‘invasive alien species’

Biodiversity body warns of $423bn annual hit from ‘invasive alien species’

Receive free Global Economy updates We’ll send you a myFT Daily Digest email rounding up the latest Global Economy news every morning. Plants and animals that have moved beyond their native habitats as a result of human activity are having a catastrophic global economic and environmental impact, a biodiversity body has warned in the first comprehensive assessment of “invasive alien …

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Invasive species a growing and costly threat worldwide

IPBES invasive species panel

Invasive species that destroy forests, ravage crops and cause extinctions are a major and growing threat worldwide, according to a landmark UN-backed assessment. From water hyacinth choking Lake Victoria in East Africa, to rats and brown snakes wiping out bird species in the Pacific, to mosquitoes exposing new regions to Zika, yellow fever, dengue and other diseases, tens of thousands …

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Can invasive alien species be repelled? – DW – 09/04/2023

Can invasive alien species be repelled? – DW – 09/04/2023

When fire ants escaped their home in Argentina and started travelling around the world, often via shipping containers, few would have imagined the damage that the displaced insect would cause.  From China and Japan to Australia and the United States, this venomous alien pushed out and sometimes killed native populations of animals and insects — including those that pollinate local plants, causing …

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Invasive species costs global economy $423 bln per year – UN report

Invasive species costs global economy $423 bln per year - UN report

Member of a pest control team cleans up the area around Colosseum to tackle an infestation of rats in Rome, Italy, August 31, 2023. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca Acquire Licensing Rights LONDON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Fishing grounds choked by water hyacinths. Songbird eggs gobbled up by rats. Power plant pipes clogged by zebra mussels. And electrical lines downed by brown …

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