"Invasive alien species (IAS) and climate change, with land use change and changes in the nitrogen and carbon cycles, are identified as the top four drivers of global biodiversity loss. Their relative importance depends on the ecoregion being considered. Biodiversity loss is accelerating because of the globalization of trade and increased international tourism.
Climate change can facilitate IAS as:
- new species, that may become invasive, will be entering regions due to climate change,
- species hierarchies in ecosystems will change, leading to new dominants that may have invasive tendencies, and
- climate induced stress in an ecosystem will facilitate invasive pathways." (Source: CABI 2010)
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