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Tired of just ruining your garden, kudzu destroys the climate, too

Grist.org - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 17:52

Kudzu, the climbing, coiling, choking invasive plant is the Khloe Kardashian of the invasive plant world: Everybody’s heard of it, but we all wish we hadn’t. The Asian plant was introduced to the southeastern U.S. in the 1870s and was long considered the most dangerous ornamental bush in the nation’s history, though it’s been bumped down to second.

Kudzu is tenacious and is a blight from Texas in the Southwest to Florida to all the way to Connecticut in the Northeast. In some parts of Alabama, if you lie still, you’ll be covered head-to-toe in kudzu in under 11 minutes. [Editor’s note: That it totally untrue.] The fast-growing weed chokes out native species, but a new study shows it could be choking more than just plants.

According to a paper published in New Phytologist (Which I’m sure you’ve got sitting by the toilet to read later) by plant ecologist Nishanth Tharayil and graduate student Mioko Tamura, kudzu and other invasives can release carbon that had been sequestered in the soil. In other words, these invasives aren’t just destroying habitats locally, they’re contributing to climate change globally. Here’s more from Clemson University’s media release:

Tharayil estimates that kudzu invasion results in the release of 4.8 metric tons of carbon annually, equal to the amount of carbon stored in 11.8 million acres of U.S. forest.

This is the same amount of carbon emitted annually by consuming 540 million gallons of gasoline or burning 5.1 billion pounds of coal.

“Climate change is causing massive range expansion of many exotic and invasive plant species. As the climate warms, kudzu will continue to invade northern ecosystems, and its impact on carbon emissions will grow,” Tharayil said.

I don’t mean to sound alarmist, but isn’t this the plot of Tom Cruise’s remake of War of the Worlds? Also, isn’t it alarming that I’ve seen Tom Cruise’s remake of War of the Worlds?

So climate change makes it easier for exotic species to invade new ecosystems. Invasive species destroy natives and make the territory they’ve covered inhospitable to the former resident species and release sequestered carbon in the process. Released carbon accelerates climate change making the new habitat even more friendly to the invasives. In sci-fi that’s called terraforming and, speaking as a resident species, this has me more than a bit alarmed.

Someone check the Koch borthers’ brain stems for tendrils ’cause it sounds like they’re being controlled by kudzu.


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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Dalton Pharma Services signs agreement with GLyPharma Therapeutics Inc., to provide aseptic fill/finish services and analytical services for FE 203799 for cancer patients.

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Moosejaw and Great Lakes Proud Give Back to the Great Lakes

PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Moosejaw, the quirky outdoor retailer, has teamed up with Great Lakes Proud to support their mission to protect the Great Lakes with a Moosejaw x Great Lakes Proud Collab Tee.

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Transparency Market Research has announced the addition of the "Global Shale Gas Market: Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013 - 2019" report to their offering....

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Heartland Institute's 9th Conference on Climate Change Features Patrick Moore, John Coleman Delivering Morning Keynote Addresses to Kick Off Day of Panel Discussions, Award Presentations

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Jack Corley joins Custom Essence as President of their new division "Custom Essence Naturals."

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Digital X-Ray Market Worth $8,710 Million by 2018 - New Report by...

PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

In terms of value, the global digital X-ray market size was estimated at $4,687.2 million in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.2% in the next five years....

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APSP Announces $5,000 Winner of the 2014 Dr. Neil Lowry Grant

PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) announces the 2014 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Grant has been presented today to the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Ontario, Canada.

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Microwave Devices Market report also highlights the industry value chain, detailed ETOP analysis, and market lifecycle analysis of the market.

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Autopilot System Market Worth $54.84 Million by 2019 – New Report by...

PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Autopilot System market report covers the global market with a detailed study of the specific regions and countries to give a brief of the market dynamics in the autopilot system over the forecast...

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

Polycarbonate (PC)-Western Europe are applied in Electrical & Electronics, Building & Construction, Optical Media and Automotive Materials....

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 15:04

RadarScope 2.2 arrives on the App Store and Google Play with powerful new free upgrades and the introduction of RadarScope Pro subscription, including real-time lightning.

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:04

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:04

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Loughrin v. U.S., 573 U.S. __ (2014) held that specific intent to defraud a financial institution is not a prerequisite to a conviction under 18 U.S.C. Section 1344. Ms....

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:04

Bio Logic Aqua Research Founder Sharon Kleyne Urges Greater Women Involvement in Water and Drought Issues as Water Crisis Increases, as Living Water International Announces 2014 Gala Honoring Women.

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PR Web - Tue, 07/08/2014 - 12:04

Market Size - $29.77 bn in 2013, Market Growth - CAGR of 5.9%, Market Trends – Growing use of emulsion polymer in paint & coatings industry across the world Latest Report By Grand View Research....

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