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Invasive species cost the world more than $400 billion a year, UN report finds

Jeronimo Gonzalez of Semafor writes on a UN report about invasive species.

The C3 Take
  • The Americas are the most impacted region, with more than one-third of all invasive species, followed by Europe and Central Asia.
  • Invasive species harm ecosystems and make the impacts of climate change more pronounced.
  • For instance, invasive non-native grasses (which are very flammable) are largely to blame for the rapid spread of wildfire in Maui last month.
  • Bottom-up solutions and empowering property owners will be essential to preventing the spread of invasive species.

“However, the authors emphasized that governments should focus their resources on prevention rather than eradication. ‘It’s much more cost-effective to prevent the introduction of invasive species such as taking biosecurity measures, border controls and risk analysis of non-native species,’ one of the authors wrote.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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