Most of the world’s protected areas are under threat from invasion from “alien species”, according to new research.
The vast majority of places looked at in the study had “aliens” – non-native animals – well-suited to its environment living less than 10km away.
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Science and University College London (UCL) found nearly all of the world's protected areas – which includes national parks, natural monuments and nature reserves – had an invasive species living under 100km away.
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