Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Benefit of the Cold War
As globalization expands, trade invites an increase in invasive species which threaten the prevailing balance of an ecosystem. Research has discovered that during the Cold War, when most trade and travel was interrupted Eastern Europe and the West, far fewer introduced bird species existed compared with the West.
While the Cold War had a devastating effect on Eastern Europe's economy, its ecosystem actually benefited from the isolation.
The findings are most relevant to developing countries.