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Invasive species are a growing global threat

New book blames invasions on climate change and humankind

7:00am, November 5, 2017
Burmese python

ALIEN INVASION  Burmese pythons, just one of the invasive reptiles now found in southern Florida and discussed in a new book, are consuming large numbers of mammals in the Everglades and nearby ecosystems.

The Aliens Among Us
Leslie Anthony
Yale Univ. Press, $30

Remote Bouvet Island, a tiny, glacier-smothered landmass in the South Atlantic rimmed by 500-meter-tall cliffs, has a notable distinction: It’s the only known spot on Earth, scientists say, that has zero invasive species. Every other place, and every person, on the planet is at least indirectly affected by one or more species that has been transported — either intentionally or inadvertently — to new lands from the ecosystems in which the species evolved.

In The Aliens Among Us, biologist and science journalist Leslie Anthony chronicles the detrimental effects of invasive species, as well as how these organisms spread and how they can be

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