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'Death by a thousand cuts' — Earth's insects are disappearing

The world's vital insect kingdom is undergoing "death by a thousand cuts," according to the world's top bug experts. Insects, considered vital to the food chain, are slowly disappearing, and for a variety of reasons.

Florida looking at making python a new menu item

Florida's invasive pythons might just become a happy-hour special if it turns out the snakes are safe enough to eat. But first state officials have to figure out if they contain too much mercury.

Argentine black and white tegus spreading across southeastern US

The invasive Argentine black and white tegu lizard, which can reach up to 4-feet in length, has spread throughout Florida's southern region and has even spilled over into Georgia and South Carolina.

Invasive hammerhead flatworms hitchhike rides on tropical plants

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control’s cellphone is a 24/7 venomous snake hotline. A couple of weeks ago, an image of a snake-like creature about 12 inches long found in Chesterfield County caused quite a stir.

Invasive Asian giant hornets found in U.S. for the first time

If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any worse, Asian giant hornets have appeared in the United States for the first time. Two of the giant hornets have been spotted in Washington State and a full hive across the border in British Columbia.

Drop in native fish in Mississippi River due to Asian carp

The number of sport fish in the upper Mississippi River has declined significantly over the past 20 years and a new study links the decline to an invasive species called Asian carp.

Op-Ed: EPA to make climate change scenarios ‘nicer’

Washington - Andrew Wheeler, the head of the EPA, is worrying about climate change getting bad press. The National Climate Assessment, endorsed by Congress and 12 Federal agencies, is apparently part of the problem.

EU plans an extensive review of proposal to ban American lobsters

In a move that could hurt American and Canadian lobster fisheries, the European Union is conducting an extensive review of a proposal to ban lobsters imported from the U.S. and Canada.

U.K. gardens being taken over by voracious foreign invader

Nothing is worse than going out to your garden and finding it has been eaten overnight by voracious five-inch brown and orange mottled slugs. But that is exactly what British gardeners are dealing with today — an invasion of Spanish slugs.

New study assesses our ability to deal with invasive species

An international team of researchers has come up with a global assessment on how invasive alien species could spread in the 21st century due to increasing globalization and a changing climate.

Deadly invasive New Guinea flatworm spreading in Florida

Cape Coral - The invasive and deadly New Guinea flatworm, first reported in Miami, Florida in June 2015, has now spread to the state's southwestern coast. Specimens of the land-dwelling predators have been found in Cape Coral.

Warnings issued in Canada and U.S. over giant hogweed plant

Authorities in Michigan and Ontario, Canada are the latest to issue warnings on the dangers of a giant invasive plant that can cause severe burns and blindness in those unfortunate enough to tangle with it.

Red-necked wallabies living in colony outside of Paris

Paris - The leafy villages west of Paris are finding themselves facing a serious immigration problem, but rather than illegal immigrants from North Africa, village residents are facing off against wallabies from the Land Down Under.

Albertans warned: Do not flush goldfish down the toilet

Thoughtless people in Alberta, Canada have created an environmental problem by flushing unwanted goldfish down their toilets. The invasive species has managed to survive and reproduce, some getting quite large.

In tracking Burmese pythons, 'it's all about food and sex'

Learning more about the home range and normal movement within the Burmese python's habitat will provide much needed information in controlling the invasive species in the Everglades national Park in Florida, according to a new study by the USGS.

Unraveling the global invasion of the Monk Parakeet

Monk parakeets, also called Quaker parrots, began invading Europe and North America about 40 or 50 years ago. While the global spread of this delightful parrot is amazing, they all appear to have originated from one area of South America.

Invasion of goldfish turns Colorado lake into giant fishbowl

Boulder - Apparently tired of their goldfish, someone several years ago dumped them into Boulder, Colorado's Teller Lake #5, thinking it was more humane than flushing them down the toilet. Today, the lake is home to almost 4,000 descendants of those goldfish.

European fire ants disrupt ecosystems to help spread alien plants

The European fire ant is an unwanted invasive species in Eastern North America. It has taken over back yards and is capable of a very nasty bite. This ant is a seed disperser, and research has shown they could wreck havoc on our native ecosystems.

Human activity encroaching on Antarctica's ecosystems

Antarctica is the world's last great wilderness, a continent covering 5.4 million square miles, or about twice the size of Australia, Antarctica belongs to no one nation, and there is no government, other than an international agreement.

Ontario takes a stand against invasive species

Invasive species control costs the economy of Ontario tens of millions of dollars annually. The impact these foreign invaders make on the ecology and the environment is often irreparable, if not irreversible. Ontario is doing something about the problem.

Asian carp: The other white fish

Asian carp were imported to the United States in the 1970's to control algae in aquaculture ponds. But much like the mongoose that was imported to the Hawaii islands to control rats, the carp proliferated and are now an invasive, nuisance species.

Op-Ed: The jellyfish invasion spreads deadly Irukandji around the world

Sydney - The Australian Irukandji jellyfish is the most venomous creature on Earth. Its appearance in places as far apart as Cape Town and Florida isn’t good news . Unlike other jellyfish, this species is a real environmental hazard.

Fisherman catches 84-pound blue catfish in Potomac River

An Oregon man was fishing in Maryland's Potomac River waters and caught a huge blue catfish, its size was a record-setter in the state.

Canadian province of B.C. to have Snakehead fish ban by fall

The nasty snakehead fish, or Frankenfish, will soon be against the law to bring into the Canadian province of British Columbia. The plan to ban the fishes import comes on the heels of the removal of one from a Burnaby lagoon.

Report: World bee decline signals ‘sixth major extinction’

Geneva - A new report on honey bee and pollinator decline indicates a “sixth major extinction” of biological diversity is currently underway, caused by habitat loss, pollution, pest invasion, and disease, leading to ecosystem havoc vital to human livelihood.

Guilt-free fashion fur but only if you are wearing swamp rat Special

New Orleans - Can fashion fur ever be guilt free? Apparently yes, but only if you are wearing swamp rat. A project in Louisiana is turning the invasive species nutria into high fashion.

Genetically modified canola found growing wild in Dakota Special

Pittsburgh - A University of Arkansas researcher has found genetically modified canola growing wild in Dakota -- in addition, she found two different GM varieties had interbred to produce a completely new GM canola.

New Study Looks at Causes for Surge of Invasive Species

Whether plants, animals, or fungi, invasive alien species appear to be on some kind of massive move. In Europe alone some 11,000 alien invasive species have been identified. The question is why, and why now?

Rock Snot Spreading Like a Real-Life Blob

An algae that forms a gobby, gooey mess is acting like the central feature of the 1950s horror flick “The Blob,” slowly spreading around the world, choking the life out of many pristine waterways. Experts say there is no way to control or eradicate it

Invasive Species Threaten Salmon in Pacific Northwest

A study published in the March 2009 issue of BioScience concludes that nonindigenous species pose a threat to native salmonids.
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The  Government of Alberta created the AIS Program  which focuses on the prevention and management o...
The Government of Alberta created the AIS Program, which focuses on the prevention and management of these species.
Alberta Emerald Foundation
Grass Carp  Ctenopharyngodon idella.
Grass Carp, Ctenopharyngodon idella.
Roban Kramer/USGS
The comb-jellyfish called Mnemiopsis that has contributed to fisheries collapses in the Black Sea.
The comb-jellyfish called Mnemiopsis that has contributed to fisheries collapses in the Black Sea.
Ro Allen
A boat propeller engulfed by quagga mussels. Along with Zebra mussels  they have spread through part...
A boat propeller engulfed by quagga mussels. Along with Zebra mussels, they have spread through parts of Canada and the U.S.
National Park Service
A juvenile cane toad.
A juvenile cane toad.
Bidgee
Electrofishing for the Asian carp  an invasive species.
Electrofishing for the Asian carp, an invasive species.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Invasive species are encroaching on ecosystems all over the world.
In Australia  pet aquarium fish a...
Invasive species are encroaching on ecosystems all over the world. In Australia, pet aquarium fish are being dumped in rivers where they damage unique local ecosystems by growing up to twenty times their regular size.
PatrynWorldLatestNews
European fire ant Myrmica rubra.
European fire ant Myrmica rubra.
Aiwok (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Invasive New Guinea Flatworm Spreads from Miami to southwestern coast of Florida.
Invasive New Guinea Flatworm Spreads from Miami to southwestern coast of Florida.
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Just a handful of the 40 goldfish removed from a Fort McMurray stormpond in 2015. According to the p...
Just a handful of the 40 goldfish removed from a Fort McMurray stormpond in 2015. According to the province, some were as large as dinner plates.
Rebecca Baldwin / Alberta Environment and Parks
Adult grass carp.
Adult grass carp.
Dezidor
Silver carp jumping out of the water after being startled.
Silver carp jumping out of the water after being startled.
Tennessee National Wildlife Federation
Global invasion threat for the twenty-first century
Global invasion threat for the twenty-first century
Nature Communications
Cane toad caught in the light. Litchfield National Park  Northern Territory.
Cane toad caught in the light. Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.
Matt from Melbourne, Au.
Cobia  Rachycentron canadum  on ice
Cobia, Rachycentron canadum, on ice
NOAA
Close-up of the invasive golden mussel  which proliferates quickly and densely  clogging up power pl...
Close-up of the invasive golden mussel, which proliferates quickly and densely, clogging up power plants, waterworks and destroying ecosystems.
: Marcela Uliano da Silva
Juvenile Arion vulgaris from Lower Austria.
Juvenile Arion vulgaris from Lower Austria.
Zwentibold
Invading predatory cercopagids  spiny water fleas  that have invaded the Great Lakes in ballast wate...
Invading predatory cercopagids, spiny water fleas, that have invaded the Great Lakes in ballast water. Bythotrephes invaded Lake Michigan in 1986. Cercopagis invaded lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 1999. Arrows point to the thoracopods (feeding appendages).
NOAA
Diamondback moth larvae dining on cabbage.
Diamondback moth larvae dining on cabbage.
University of Illinois
Zebra mussel shells along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Zebra mussel shells along the shore of Lake Michigan.
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