The Madeleine Brand Show for August 14, 2012

Alien species invade the coast of California

Workers Harvest Crabs In Wuhan

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Chinese Mitten Crabs, one of the species washing up and growing on California shores.

It's not quite invaders from the planet Mars, but massive floating islands of garbage caused by the recent Japanese tsunami as washing up on California coastlines.

But it's not the garbage isn't worrying marine experts, it's stuff along for the ride: millions of species that are foreign to the California coast.


Pat Krug, marine biologist and professor at California State University Los Angeles

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