Human presence in Antarctica has already affected some of its delicate ecology and climate change will make it easier for invasive species to establish themselves. So says a new report which explores the impact of human activity on Antarctica’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity.
“Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems are not entirely isolated from those of the rest of the world. A commonly predicted consequence of environmental change is that native species distributions will change, and that non-native species will invade.”
More information: P. Convey el al., “Antarctic environmental change and biological responses,” Science Advances (2019). advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaaz0888