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Mapping movements of alien bird species

A global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an area but that alien species are most successful in areas already rich with native bird species.

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Alien bird risk from pet trade

The trade in caged birds poses a risk to native species if the pets escape into the wild, UK researchers say.

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Behind New Zealand’s wild plan to purge all pests

The country is gearing up to get rid of rats, possums, stoats and other invasive predators by 2050. Is it a pipe dream?

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How far do invasive species travel?

As a result of the globalization of trade and transport, in the past decades, tens of thousands of species have spread into regions where they were not originally at home.

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Pakistan’s papaya pest squashed through biocontrol

[ISLAMABAD] A severe infestation of the papaya mealybug (Paracoccus marginatus) nearly wiped out papaya orchards in Pakistan before the largely farmed country decided to replace conventional chemical pesticides that were ineffective with natural predators that proved to be successful.

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India Knows Its Invasive Species Problem But This Is Why Nobody Can Deal With it Properly

In 2001, economists pegged the costs of damages caused by invasive species to agriculture and forestry at about $91 billion a year in India alone.

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Pledge against invasive species has ‘moral weigh

[SANTIAGO] A global commitment endorsed by 33 non-governmental and state organizations has called for action to prioritize the control and eradication of invasive alien species (IAS), a key factor in the degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity worldwide.

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The lionfish invasion: A call to arms?

A battle is brewing in southeastern U.S. waters, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea: it’s the lionfish against all comers.

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Eat and be eaten: Invasive scavengers in Hawaii alter island nutrient cycle

Invasive species on Hawaii Island may be especially successful invaders because they are formidable scavengers of carcasses of other animals and after death, a nutrient resource for other invasive scavengers, say investigators.

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Invasive algae species found in Tamil Nadu

Researchers at the Central University of Punjab have identified a seaweed Sargassum zhangii, growing along the rocky shores from Vedaranyam to Pattukottai and Thondi to Pamban in Tamil Nadu.

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The effects of a peacock bass invasion, 45 years later

PANAMA CITY, Panama, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Researchers have quantified the long-term effects of an invasive predator fish on native populations in Panama. The results aren't good.

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Fire ants could become Australia's worst pest, experts warn

Red fire ants could wreak more damage in Australia than feral rabbits, cane toads and foxes combined, experts have warned in a new report.

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Invasive insect eating away at America's forests

PETERSHAM, Mass. —| In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it’s easy to miss one of the tree’s nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree.

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A tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s spectacular red crabs from crazy ants

In what could be the most closely scrutinised biological control project in Australia, a 2mm wasp is being released to control a deadly ant infestation

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New alien species in Mediterranean Sea

The Niger Hind (Cephalopholis nigri) is a new alien fish species for the Mediterranean discovered by the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group.

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A tiny wasp could save Christmas Island’s spectacular red crabs from crazy ants

Have you heard the one about the wasp that kills the bug that feeds the ants that kill the crabs that keep the forests healthy on Christmas Island?

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A Progress on Capacity Development in the Pacific towards Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 9

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Invasive species can become a real nuisance if left unchecked. Here are a few prevalent varieties and some management techniques to help contain these stubborn species.

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Climate global initiative calls for urgent action against invasive alien species

GLAND/SWITZERLAND: A new global initiative to reduce the impacts of invasive alien species - the Honolulu Challenge - has been launched on Tuesday by 33 organisations and institutions. The launch follows a call for urgent action on invasive alien species made by experts, governments and NGOs a ...

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Invasion of the Aliens: Body Snatching Worms, Cold Winters May Rout Lakes’ Enemies

Public enemy number one, it might be called: Eurasian watermilfoil. It’s not on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, but maybe it should be, say scientists who study lakes.

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The Honolulu Challenge: an ambitious initiative to tackle the threat of invasive alien species

29 November 2016 - Governments, non-governmental organizations and local communities have taken up the Honolulu Challenge and agreed to take bold actions to counter invasive alien species that harm biodiversity.

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Invasive Alien Species: Project/Programme Logical Frameworks for Achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 in the Pacific Small Island Developing States

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Why Doubt Invasive Species Impacts?

Invasive alien species are now found on every corner of the planet and rank higher than climate change as a current threat to endangered species. So then why, despite all the scientific evidence of negative impacts from invasive species, would people be resistant to taking action against them? I ...

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Denial of invasive species threat worries scientists

Scientists believe a new battlefront is opening in science denialism and this time the target is the science of invasive alien species and the fight to protect some of the world's rarest species and most unique ecosystems.

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Data on Invasive Alien Species available on the Clearing-House Mechanism of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JSH/86109 (2016-142)
To: CBD National Focal Points, SBSTTA Focal Points, and relevant organizations

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EU acts against dangerous (animal) immigrants

Welcomed - or feared and hated: Europe is home to hundreds of nonnative animal and plant species. They affect ecosystems and harm biodiversity - and cause millions in damage. Now, the EU is acting to stop their spread.

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Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Invasive Species Of Mussels In Montana

Zebra and quagga mussels, the best known Great Lakes invaders, reduce the ability of native mussel species to move, feed and breed.

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The harlequin ladybird is a clever little devil

Tricked out in Halloween orange and black, a harlequin moves awkwardly through a micro woodland of moss on the concrete as if it were wandering through an alien world, which in some respects it is.

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Invasive alien species drive Indian gaurs close to human habitation

CHENNAI: Death of a 11-year-old girl due to Indian gaur attack in Kodaikanal has once again brought to fore the need for removing invasive vegetation and clearing encroachments from the forests of Kodaikanal. .

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The alien plants sucking South Africa dry – can companies help?

A project to clear invasive plants is creating tens of thousands of jobs in a drought-struck country with mass unemployment

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Lionfish invasion an ‘unprecedented threat’

The population of Cuji fish (Haemulon aurolineatum), native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by a half (45 per cent) since 1990 — a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish (Pterois antennata), which originate from the Indian Ocean and weste ...

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Lionfish invasion an ‘unprecedented threat’

The population of Cuji fish (Haemulon aurolineatum), native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by a half (45 per cent) since 1990 — a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish (Pterois antennata), which originate from the Indian Ocean and weste ...

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Nomination of participants to the capacity-building workshop for the small island developing States of the Caribbean region towards achieving Aichi Biodiversity Target 9 on invasive alien species, 16 - 20 January 2017, Kingston, Jamaica

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/MPM/JSH/86004 (2016-117)
To: CBD National Focal Points of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

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Invasive insects—an underestimated cost to the world economy

Invasive insects cause at least 69 billion euros of damage per annum worldwide.

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Invasive species may reduce the spread of disease

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Invasive species may not be all bad. New research suggests the introduction of non-native species can reduce the spread of disease.

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Threat to honeybees as Asian hornet's arrival on UK mainland confirmed

Invasive species has been spotted in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire, with attempts under way to locate nests

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We are not alone – alien plants & animals invade Europe

As of today, leading European experts will gather for three days of intensive discussion in Luxembourg to assess the spread of alien lifeforms among us.

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Hemlock trees under threat by invasive pest, the woolly adelgid

The woolly adelgid, an invasive pest that infests and eventually destroys hemlock trees, has made one incursion into Eastern Canada and biologists say it's likely to turn up again.


International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments to enter into force

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/JSH/mw/85786 (2016-109)
To: CBD National Focal Points

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Islanders unaware of alien plant invasion risk

Low public concern about alien plants and animals is hampering conservation efforts on island nations as scientists battle the rapid decline of pristine habitats, a conference has heard.

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Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.

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LeBlanc vows fight as EU reviews impact of Canadian, American lobster

FREDERICTON -- Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says the Canadian and American governments will "vigorously" try to convince the European Union that the American lobster does not pose a threat.

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Biological invasions threaten biodiversity, economy and human livelihood in developing countries

Invasions from alien species such as Japanese Knotweed and grey squirrels threaten the economies and livelihoods of residents of some of the world's poorest nations, new University of Exeter research shows.

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Most nations lack ability to deal with invasive species

Most countries in the world have little capacity to deal effectively with invasive species, a study suggests.

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How California eradicated an invasive grapevine moth

The European grapevine moth, first spotted in California in 2009, has been declared eradicated on US soil. It took seven years' worth of effort and over 65 million dollars of federal funding to defeat the insect.

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Aliens are coming – not all of them in peace

Unlike Florida, we don’t have to worry about a huge Nile crocodile turning up in our waters, but we are facing a threat from a range of non-native species

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Parakeets are the new pigeons – and they’re on course for global domination

Love them or hate them, ring-necked parakeets have invaded Europe and they’re here to stay. Already a staple of many urban parks and gardens around the UK, some of these charismatic bright green birds are now so comfortable in their new surroundings that they will happily sit and feed from your ...

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Province warns of dangers of invasive species

Manitoba Sustainable Development is advising people of the risks that the emerald ash borer poses if introduced to the province’s trees.

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