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Jim the Moron
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Zealandia

Post by Jim the Moron » Fri Nov 17, 2017 8:47 am

"New Zealand's War on Rats"
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/arc ... roh/546011

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Re: Zealandia

Post by neverfail » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:38 pm

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Re: Zealandia

Post by neverfail » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:40 pm

I hope they win the war on rats and other invasive species that so threaten the native birdlife fauna of New Zealand: I mean without inadvertently doing massive harm to the wildlife of countries abroad. Genetic tinkering could be viewed as a form of playing God - with potentially dire consequences.

This is a challenge that New Zealand shares with Australia - both long separated from the rest of the World (and one another) allowing a stunningly unique ecology of wildlife to evolve in isolation in both cases. The difference seems to be that while some Australian species have become extinct and several others are at risk (they only just recently saved the Tasmanian devil from mass extinction, for instance) Australian wildlife has thus far proven to be somewhat more robust than New Zealand's - it is better able to fight back so we are not yet threatened with utter ecological collapse like they are in NZ.

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