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New Report Sheds Light on Environmental, Financial Costs of Invasive Species

September 15, 2023

New Report Sheds Light on Environmental, Financial Costs of Invasive Species

Ask students: Which species fall under the category of invasive species? What is the price tag to the global economy of invasive species?

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Invasive species harm ecosystems around the world and cost the global economy $423 billion a year, according to a new report backed by the UN. A number of researchers believe that estimate may be just the tip of the iceberg.

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Discussion Questions

  • Where are fisheries being damaged?
  • Which species fall under the category of invasive species?
  • Why do the zebra mussels damage infrastructure?
  • Who is Laura Meyerson?
  • What is the price tag to the global economy of invasive species?
     

Focus Questions

What are some of the economic and ecological costs associated with invasive species?

Media Literacy: How can you find more background information on this subject?

Extension Activity

Research as a class — what are some invasive species in your community (plant or animal). Once you've completed the research, discuss ways to help combat the invasive species or check out the lesson below.

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