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Goals to cut global emissions were set by countries attending the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. Five years later these don’t look optimistic enough. Overall, the trend of rising emissions has not been reversed over the past 10 years meaning that halving emissions by 2030 is difficult. Urgent steps need to be taken, writes Harald Winkler.
Knowing what makes invasive animals successful is an important first step to understanding how to mitigate their impact. Anneke Lincoln Schoeman explains what her research on the African clawed frog – the world’s most successful invasive amphibian that’s now found in four additional continents – has uncovered. Her findings go some way to explaining why it’s been so successful in settling in new climes.
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