Global analysis finds 1/6th of Earth prone to invasive species

Spread of invasive species could shift in coming decades as a result of increasing globalization and climate change.

One-sixth of the Earth’s land is highly vulnerable to invasive species, and most countries have a limited capacity to protect their natural resources from non-native animals, plants or microbes, a global analysis shows.

Invasive species can spread quickly and can dramatically alter landscapes, ecosystems and human health and livelihoods, often with harmful consequences. Notable examples of invasive species in the U.S. include Burmese pythons, West Nile virus, emerald ash borers and

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