Navigation Links
Climate change invites alien invaders - Is Canada ready?
Date:1/19/2012

Ottawa, Ontario - A comprehensive multi-disciplinary synthesis just published in Environmental Reviews reveals the urgent need for further investigation and policy development to address significant environmental, social and economic impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) and climate change. "Effects of climate change on the distribution of invasive alien species in Canada: a knowledge synthesis of range change prediction in a warming world" is the collaborative effort of a team of dedicated researchers at York University's Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS).

"Many species' distributions are already changing in response to a warming climate, and ecosystems are predicted to become more vulnerable to invasive species as climatic barriers are eliminated," says author Dr. Andrea Smith, IRIS Senior Fellow, currently conducting a legislative review of invasive species policy in Canada for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network. "The interactive effects of climate change and invasive species are expected to have profound consequences for environments, economies and societies worldwide. For example, many new infectious diseases will likely spread to the Arctic, and coordinated circumpolar disease monitoring and targeted healthcare planning will be needed to handle this new pressure. Yet, these two drivers of global change are rarely considered jointly in policy and management initiatives."

This review reveals the barriers to predicting invasive species' range changes under climate change, including the complexity of the issue, lack of ecological data, and failure to address climate changeIAS interactions in research and policy. Despite the multi-disciplinary nature of the issue, very few studies examine the socio-economic dimensions of the problem and research has tended to focus on predictions of how the distribution of existing invasive species in Canada (including mountain pine beetle, gypsy moth, smallmouth bass and lyme disease) will be affected by climate change, rather than on potential invasive species that might expand their range into Canada.

"This is just another example of how climate change is a big threat multiplier," notes Dr. John P. Smol, Editor of Environmental Reviews and professor at Queen's University where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change. "We simply have not even begun to understand all the negative repercussions of this problem." This synthesis is the first to characterize the current state of knowledge on this critical issue in Canada. According to Smith, this knowledge synthesis approach is useful for identifying both what we know and what we don't know, so that research, policy, and management can be targeted toward addressing those gaps. And, although knowledge of the impact of climate change on invasive species distribution is incomplete, scientific research is accumulating which can be used as the foundation for policy development.


'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Smith
geckoals@yorku.ca
Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Diverse ecosystems are crucial climate change buffer
2. NASA study shows health, food security benefits from climate change actions
3. Largest bird alters its foraging due to climate change
4. Dramatic links found between climate change, elk, plants, and birds
5. Partnership yields options for adapting to climate change on the Olympic Peninsula
6. Climate change is altering mountain vegetation at large scale
7. Team finds a better way to gauge the climate costs of land use changes
8. European mountain vegetation shows effects of warmer climate
9. The nuclear, biological and climate threat - 2011 reviewed
10. Over 65 million years North American mammal evolution has tracked with climate change
11. Climate sensitivity greater than previously believed
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/30/2016)... -- higi SH llc (higi) announced today the launch ... industry thought-leaders and celebrity influencers looking to encourage, ... steps to live healthier, more active lives. ... built the largest self-screening health station network in ... have conducted over 185 million biometric screenings.  The ...
(Date:11/29/2016)... November 29, 2016 Nearly one billion matches per ... ... DERMALOG is ... an efficient Identity Management. (PRNewsFoto/DERMALOG Identification Systems) ... DERMALOG is Germany's largest Multi-Biometric supplier: The company's Fingerprint ...
(Date:11/22/2016)... According to the new market research report "Biometric System Market by ... Component (Hardware and Software), Function (Contact and Non-contact), Application, and Region - ... grow from USD 10.74 Billion in 2015 to reach USD 32.73 Billion ... Continue Reading ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 Eutilex Co. Ltd. today announced ... $18.9M) Series A financing. This financing round included participation ... and SNU Bio Angel. This new funding brings the ... (US $27.7M) since its founding in 2015. ... development and commercialization of its immuno-oncology programs, expand its ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... December 07, 2016 , ... ACEA ... dose escalation and expansion clinical trial for its lead drug candidate, AC0010, at ... of the trial was to determine the safety, antitumor activity, and recommended phase ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... LANSING, Mich. , Dec. 7, 2016 ... it has named Dr. Dan Kephart as ... the company. Kephart will assume his responsibilities at Neogen ... research and development director for the agribusiness unit of ... food safety development at Life Technologies. His extensive industry ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... 2016  Nordion, a standalone business of Sterigenics ... today,s award by the United States Department of ... the Phase II cooperative agreement funding to GA ... University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR ® ... establishment of a new, reliable supply of molybdenum ...
Breaking Biology Technology: