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Global register lists alien species

Global register lists alien species

Science
The first global register of alien species shows that a fifth of 6,400 plants and animals catalogued are causing harm.Some of the biggest factors in their spread are ballast water in ships for marine species and trade in ornamental plants on land, say scientists.They released data for 20 countries this week, with the aim of completing the register by the end of the year.Invasive species are living things that are not native to an ecosystem.They can harm the environment, the economy, or human health. For instance, rats can cause bird extinctions on islands, while the crown-of-thorns star fish is smothering parts of the Great Barrier Reef.The Global Register of Introduced and Invasive Species (GRIIS) provides the first country-wide checklists of introduced and invasive species."The GRIIS is ...
Global models offer new insights into Great Lakes mercury pollution

Global models offer new insights into Great Lakes mercury pollution

Science
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community living on Michigan's Upper Peninsula have a fairly simple question: when is it safe to eat the fish they catch?To help fish-eaters better estimate their risk of exposure, researchers at Michigan Technological University have developed a model designed to measure the impact of local mitigation efforts, socioeconomic pressures, ecological systems, climate change, land use and other variables on local levels of mercury.Mercury is an atmosphere-surface exchangeable pollutant, a group of invisible, tasteless contaminants that move efficiently throughout the natural environment."We're taking phenomena that act on a global scale and predicting what they will do," Judith Perlinger, professor of environmental engineering at Michigan Tech...
With no recession red flags on horizon, 2018 will see strong US, global GDP growth: Strategist

With no recession red flags on horizon, 2018 will see strong US, global GDP growth: Strategist

Finance
Nine years into the U.S. bull market in stocks, we are still optimistic for the year ahead. But there are some risks investors need to be mindful of as we start the new year.Fortunately, we do not believe recession is one of them, and so we remain bullish.Pending recessions typically end bull markets. And recessions are often presaged by certain signals: rising jobless claims; falling home sales; an inverted yield curve; wage pressures that impact corporate margins; exogenous shocks, including oil spikes; or destabilizing valuations in key asset classes.We don't see those red flags on the horizon as we enter the new year, so we continue to believe that 2018 will witness strong U.S. and global GDP growth. Equity gains will likely moderate from 2017, but we continue to favor stocks over bond...
Global growth back at pre-crisis levels, says World Bank

Global growth back at pre-crisis levels, says World Bank

Business
The World Bank says global economic growth is likely to speed up this year, after a stronger than expected 2017.The bank's new forecast is that the world economy will expand by 3.1% this year before slowing slightly.It will be the first time since the financial crisis that growth is operating at its full potential.However, the report warns the upswing will be short term, with gains in improving living standards and reducing poverty levels at risk long term.For the immediate future, the bank sees a reasonably upbeat prospect.The bank's president Jim Yong Kim said: "The broad-based recovery in global growth is encouraging". The forecast is better than what the bank was expecting in its previous assessment last June.Among the large economies, the up-rating is especially marked for the eurozon...
Fungal disease poses global threat to snakes

Fungal disease poses global threat to snakes

Science
A potentially deadly fungal disease poses a significant threat to snakes all over the world, new research suggests. The pathogen, has been found in 23 species of wild snake in the US and three in Europe. The fungus causes lesions on the snake's body, leading to infection and death. This study argues that all snakes could become or are already infected.The report has been published in the journal Science Advances. Fungal afflictions have had devastating impacts on a number of different species in recent years. Chytrid fungus has reduced frog populations all around the world, while white nose syndrome has killed millions of bats in the US.Now researchers have evidence of what's termed snake fungal disease (SFD) in a number of populations in Europe and the US. Found predominantly in rat snak...