Life Out Of Bounds / Edition 1

Life Out Of Bounds / Edition 1

by Chris Bright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393318141

ISBN-13: 9780393318142

Pub. Date: 10/01/1998

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

The first general-interest study of the global spread of alien, "exotic" organisms and how they are undermining the world's ecosystems and societies.
Worldwatch Institute researcher Chris Bright explains why conservation biologists are raising the alarm about a global threat to biodiversity that is unfolding largely unnoticed — bioinvasion, the spread of

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The first general-interest study of the global spread of alien, "exotic" organisms and how they are undermining the world's ecosystems and societies.
Worldwatch Institute researcher Chris Bright explains why conservation biologists are raising the alarm about a global threat to biodiversity that is unfolding largely unnoticed — bioinvasion, the spread of alien, "exotic" organisms.
With the exception of a few spectacular invasions, like the zebra mussel's conquest of the Great Lakes, there has been little public recognition of the dangers posed by these invading species. But exotic species are injuring our biological wealth on virtually every level — from the genetic (when exotics interbreed with native species) to the wholesale transformation of landscapes.Life Out of Bounds shows that this "biological pollution" is now beginning to corrode the world's economies as well. But the policy responses, on both the national and international levels, have usually been weak and uncoordinated. This book outlines the current scientific research on the threat, the social and economic implications if these invasions are allowed to continue unchecked, and steps that can be taken to contain the spread of exotic species.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393318142
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1998
Series:
Worldwatch Environmental Alert Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
1,396,565
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Foreword13
1. Evolution in Reverse17
I. The Geography of Invasion33
2. The Fields35
3. The Forests63
4. The Waters86
5. Islands108
II. The Culture of Invasion131
6. Colonists133
7. Accidents150
8. Economic Invasions174
III. Remedies195
9. Toward an Ecologically Literate Society197
Notes227
Index279

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