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One-Fifth of World's Plants Face Threat of Extinction

Post by edfrank » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:11 pm

More Than One-Fifth of World's Plants Face Threat of Extinction, New Analysis Finds

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ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2010) — A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants, conducted by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew together with the Natural History Museum, London and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has revealed that the world's plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world's plant species threatened with extinction.

The study is a major baseline for plant conservation and is the first time that the true extent of the threat to the world's estimated 380,000 plant species is known, announced as governments are to meet in Nagoya, Japan in mid-October 2010 to set new targets at the United Nations Biodiversity Summit. (continued)
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