Three plant species have gone extinct on Earth every year since 1900.
The alarming extinction rate is very likely an *underestimate* of the actual number of plant species that are extinct or critically endangered.
Plant extinction is bad news for all species, said Dr Eimear Nic Lughadha.
Plant extinctions can lead to a whole cascade of extinctions in other organisms that rely on them, for instance insects that use plants for food and for laying their eggs.
'With habitat loss, climate change and human exploitation, newly-described plants could very well have higher rates of extinction, and some could even disappear before we know they exist.'
'They provide the oxygen we breathe and the food we eat, as well as making up the backbone of the world’s ecosystems – so plant extinction is bad news for all species'.
Absolute extinction only tells part of the story of what’s happening to nature right now. There’s a trove of plant species that are functionally extinct, meaning only a few hundred specimens remain, putting the species as a whole on course for annihilation. https://earther.gizmodo.com/we-ve-driven-nearly-600-plant-species-to-extinction-al-1835411746 …
Scientists have made it pretty clear: 'overconsumption is the root cause of the destruction of nature, leading to rainforests being clearcut and rising carbon emissions'.
Overconsumption by a wealthy minority, in an economic system based on overconsumption by a wealthy minority.
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