I read the news today oh boy.
To be exact, the State of the World’s Plants 2016, published by The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. It is an 84 page document that can be downloaded here –https://stateoftheworldsplants.com/
Please read it.
There are a number of important points in the report that maybe be of interest.
- An estimated 391,000 vascular plants species are known to science
- 2,034 new plant species were discovered in 2015
- At least 31,128 plants species currently have a documented use
- 1,771 important plant areas have been identified globally but very few have conservation protection
- Some areas of the planet exhibit an incredible quantity and diversity of plants, with many unique species. But many of these areas are degrading or disappearing entirely under the assault of increasing threats, including land-use change, climate change, pests and diseases
- In the past three decades, changes to the climate have been apparent at a scale and level of variability not seen in the past 850,000 years
- 4,979 species are now documented as invasive
- One in five plants are estimated to be threatened with extinction. ONE IN FIVE
- Around $80 billion worth of PRIMARY tropical timber products were imported globally in 2014.