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Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities

Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities

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The world is in the midst of an ecological explosion with devastating implications. Thousands of species of microbes, plants, and animals are being introduced, both deliberately and inadvertently, to new land areas, seas, and freshwaters. In many regions, these new colonists are running wild, disrupting the dynamics of ecosystems, pushing native species toward extinction, and causing billions of dollars in direct economic damages.

Alien Species in North America and Hawaii provides a comprehensive overview of the invasive species phenomenon, examining the threats posed and the damage that has already been done to ecosystems across North America and Hawaii. George W. Cox considers both the biological theory underlying invasions and the potential and actual effects on ecosystems and human activities. His book offers a framework for understanding the problem and provides a detailed examination of species and regions. Specific chapters examine:

  • North American invaders and their threats
  • how exotic species are dispersed to new regions
  • how physical and biotic features influence the establishment and spread of invasives
  • patterns of exotic invasions, with separate chapters covering each of the ten most seriously invaded regions and ecosystems
  • patterns of invasiveness exhibited by major groups of exotics
  • the theory of invasive capability of alien species and the resistance of communities to invasion
  • theoretical aspects of ecosystem impacts of invaders and the evolutionary interaction of invaders and natives
  • management and public policy issues