Low-lying islands are going to drown, so should we even bother trying to save their ecosystems?


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Islands are hot spots of biodiversity, often home to rich and unique ecosystems. Despite covering just 5 percent of the Earth’s land, the planet’s 180,000-odd islands contain a fifth of its plant and animal species. Around half of recorded extinctions have occurred on islands.

Unfortunately, many islands have been infested in recent centuries with ecosystem-wrecking rats and other invasive species. So scientists the world over have clamored to remove the destructive pests and protect the original inhabitants. More than 900 islands have been cleansed of rats and other animal invaders so far, often through the controversial use of poisoned baits.

But a new paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution asks an unsettling question: When it comes to low-lying islands that will eventually be swallowed by sea-level rise, why bother?

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Rats: Disaster for Islands


The link below is to an article that reports on the problem of rats for many islands around the world and the environmental disasters they bring to islands.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/jul/04/rats-islands-wildlife-south-georgia

Pacific Ocean: Climate Change and the Pacific Islands


The link below is to an article that reports on climate change and its impact on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/may/07/pacific-islands-global-warming-climate

Earth: More Islands Than we Thought


The article below provides an interesting update on the world’s islands. We have more than we thought – 657 more in fact.

For more visit:
http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/978475–earth-has-657-more-islands-than-the-last-time-we-counted