The Resource A plague of rats and rubbervines, Yvonne Baskin, (electronic resource)

A plague of rats and rubbervines, Yvonne Baskin, (electronic resource)

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A plague of rats and rubbervines
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A plague of rats and rubbervines
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Yvonne Baskin
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eng
Summary
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, Yvonne Baskin draws on extensive research to provide an engaging and authoritative overview of this problem. 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 potential solutions and profiles 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, businesspeople--indeed all of us who by our local choices drive global commerce--can do to help."
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Baskin, Yvonne
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non fiction
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  • Environmental Science
  • Nature
  • Environmental Conservation & Protection
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adult
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A plague of rats and rubbervines, Yvonne Baskin, (electronic resource)
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MWT11446802
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online
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9781610911009
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11446802
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Label
A plague of rats and rubbervines, Yvonne Baskin, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11446802
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9781610911009
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11446802
Specific material designation
remote
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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