Biodiversity: Invasive Species

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This flash animation explains the interaction between climate warming and the invasion of new species. The first section explains how, by creating new climate conditions, climate change can provide a means for insect invasion into previously unaffected areas and help spread diseases these insects convey. The second section dwells more specifically on what are known as "invasive" species. These invasive species can present a danger to local ecosystems. In most cases, it is the absence of natural enemies in the new territory that makes these incoming species able to compete better for survival than the local counterparts. Invasive species are a serious threat to biodiversity, and their ability to settle in new areas is being exacerbated by climate change.


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