Harmful Non-Indigenous Species in the United States


Author: David M. Sherman

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788104411


Page: 220

View: 6964

Discusses harmful, non-indigenous species -- those plants, animals, & microbes that are found beyond their natural geographical range -- that annually cost the Nation millions to billions of dollars & cause significant & growing environmental problems. At the same time, beneficial non-indigenous species form the backbone of American agriculture & are important in horticulture, fish & wildlife management, biological control, & the pet industry. Photos, charts & tables.

Hooked on Growth

Economic Addictions and the Environment


Author: Douglas E. Booth

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742527188

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 277

View: 6913

This accessible and provocative book explores whether getting 'unhooked' from economic growth to meet the needs of the environment is possible. Although giving the environment priority over growth may seem radical, the author argues that it can be accomplished using marketable emissions allowances, transferable development rights, and other tools popular with conventional economists. It can also be achieved by creating more interesting and environmentally friendly urban landscapes less beholden to the automobile. The key problem will be ensuring that everyone who wants employment can find it. This will require a transition to a shorter workweek, the wistful goal of many a harried worker. More leisure, a higher-quality environment, and more attractive cities and towns are the potential rewards of a less consumption-oriented society. Yet how can the power of special interests be overcome in the name of environmental conservation? This is the author's critical final question as he offers a clear path to a sustainable economic and environmental future.

Introduction of harmful non-indigenous species into the United States

hearing before the Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, House of Representatives, One Hundred Third Congress, first session ... October 5, 1993


Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. Subcommittee on Environment and Natural Resources

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160434495

Category: Nature

Page: 47

View: 7170

The State of the Nation's Ecosystems

Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States


Author: H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521525725

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 270

View: 1879

Provides succinct, comprehensive - yet scientifically sound and non-partisan - view of state of ecosystems in US.

Fruits and Plains

The Horticultural Transformation of America


Author: Philip J. Pauly

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674026636

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 9374

Provides an understanding of how horticulture shaped the vegetation around us, and how it influenced our experiences of the native, the naturalized, and the alien - and how to manage the landscapes around us.

Predicting Invasions of Nonindigenous Plants and Plant Pests


Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Board on Life Sciences,Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,Committee on the Scientific Basis for Predicting the Invasive Potential of Nonindigenous Plants and Plant Pests in the United States

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309170161

Category: Science

Page: 212

View: 4264

Nonindigenous plants and plant pests that find their way to the United States and become invasive can often cause problems. They cost more than $100 billion per year in crop and timber losses plus the expense of herbicides and pesticides. And this figure does not include the costs of invasions in less intensively managed ecosystems such as wetlands. Nonindigenous Plants and Plant Pests examines this growing problem and offers recommendations for enhancing the science base in this field, improving our detection of potential invaders, and refining our ability to predict their impact. The book analyzes the factors that shape an invader’s progress through four stages: arriving through one of many possible ports of entry, reaching a threshold of survival, thriving through proliferation and geographic spread, and ultimate impact on the organism’s new environment. The book also reviews approaches to predicting whether a species will become an invader as well as the more complex challenge of predicting and measuring its impact on the environment, a process involving value judgments and risk assessment. This detailed analysis will be of interest to policymakers, plant scientists, agricultural producers, environmentalists, and public agencies concerned with invasive plant and plant pest species.

A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines

The Growing Threat Of Species Invasions


Author: Yvonne Baskin

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610911009

Category: Nature

Page: 330

View: 3604

The human love of novelty and desire to make one place look like another, coupled with massive increases in global trade and transport, are creating a growing economic and ecological threat. The same forces that are rapidly "McDonaldizing" the world's diverse cultures are also driving us toward an era of monotonous, weedy, and uniformly impoverished landscapes. Unique plant and animal communities are slowly succumbing to the world's "rats and rubbervines" -- animals like zebra mussels and feral pigs, and plants like kudzu and water hyacinth -- that, once moved into new territory, can disrupt human enterprise and well-being as well as native habitats and biodiversity. From songbird-eating snakes in Guam to cheatgrass in the Great Plains, "invasives" are wreaking havoc around the world. In A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines, widely published science writer Yvonne Baskin draws on extensive research to provide an engaging and authoritative overview of the problem of harmful invasive alien species. She takes the reader on a worldwide tour of grasslands, gardens, waterways, and forests, describing the troubles caused by exotic organisms that run amok in new settings and examining how commerce and travel on an increasingly connected planet are exacerbating this oldest of human-created problems. She offers examples of potential solutions and profiles dedicated individuals worldwide who are working tirelessly to protect the places and creatures they love. While our attention is quick to focus on purposeful attempts to disrupt our lives and economies by releasing harmful biological agents, we often ignore equally serious but much more insidious threats, those that we inadvertently cause by our own seemingly harmless actions. A Plague of Rats and Rubbervines takes a compelling look at this underappreciated problem and sets forth positive suggestions for what we as consumers, gardeners, travelers, nurserymen, fishermen, pet owners, business people -- indeed all of us who by our very local choices drive global commerce -- can do to help. "