Life Out of Bounds by Chris Bright
Bioinvasion in a Borderless World (Worldwatch Environmental Alert)

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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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Chris Bright is a research associate at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C.
 
Published October 17, 1998 by W. W. Norton & Company. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Bright, a researcher at the World watch Institute and editor of World Watch, has monitored the social, economic, and cultural implications of the escalation of bioinvasion and studied ways to contain it.

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Conservative estimates, Bright says, place worldwide extinctions at ""4,000 species a year, or about 11 per day."" In his final chapter, ""Remedies,"" Bright contends that we can exercise control over bioinvasion through more accessible information, treaties, laws and biotechnical efforts develop...

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