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A plague of rats and rubbervines : the growing threat of species invasions

Author: Yvonne Baskin; International Council of Scientific Unions. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.; Global Invasive Species Programme.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2002.
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The human love of novelty and desire to make one place look like another, coupled with massive increases in global trade and transport, are creating a growing economic and ecological threat. The same forces that are rapidly "McDonaldizing" the world's diverse cultures are also driving us toward an era of monotonous, weedy, and uniformly impoverished landscapes. Unique plant and animal communities are slowly  Read more...
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Baskin, Yvonne.
Plague of rats and rubbervines.
Washington, DC : Island Press/Shearwater Books, ©2002
(OCoLC)623219308
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yvonne Baskin; International Council of Scientific Unions. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment.; Global Invasive Species Programme.
ISBN: 1559638761 9781559638760 1559630515 9781559630511
OCLC Number: 49326836
Notes: "A SCOPE--GISP project."
Description: viii, 377 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction : confronting a shrinking world --
2. Reuniting Pangaea --
3. Wheat and trout, weeds and pestilence --
4. Elbowing out the natives --
5. The good, the bad, the fuzzy --
6. The making of a pest --
7. Taking risks with strangers --
8. Stemming the tide --
9. Beachheads and sleepers --
10. Taking control --
11. Islands no longer --
12. Can we preserve integrity of place.
Responsibility: Yvonne Baskin.
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Science writer Yvonne Baskin provides an overview of the problem of harmful invasive alien species. She takes the reader on a worldwide tour of grasslands, gardens, waterways and forests, describing  Read more...

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