Posted by: r.m. | July 7, 2010

deaths – the quite scary kind

“More than one-in-four of all flowering plants are under threat of extinction according to the latest report to confirm the ongoing destruction of much of the natural world by human activity.

As a result, many of nature’s most colourful specimens could be lost to the world before scientists even discover them, claims the research, published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The results reflect similar global studies of other species groups by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which estimates that one-in-five of all mammals, nearly one-in-three amphibians and one-in-eight birds are vulnerable to being wiped out completely.


“If we take the number of species that are currently known to be threatened, and add to that those that are yet to be discovered, we can estimate that between 27% and 33% of all flowering plants will be threatened with extinction,” said David Roberts, one of the co-authors, of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology at the University of Kent.

The paper adds: “These estimates are based on immediate threat, and do not consider further development of destructive factors – including climate disruption.” The paper’s third, lead, author was Lucas Joppa of Microsoft Research in Cambridge.

The warning comes as there is growing international recognition of the value of the natural world to humans in providing ecosystem services, from flood protection and medicines to spiritual spaces and enjoyment.

“Plants are the basis for much of life on earth with virtually all other species depending on them; if you get rid of those you get rid of a lot of the things above them,” added Roberts.

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  1. Water is running away. Plants, trees and animals are going to extinction. What will be left then? A desert, or a landscape barren? Maybe someday will we will hear about humans’ extinction. We, humans, are not adapted to respond to short term threats. Maybe, we will take serious actions when we will hear about our extinction, or maybe we will immigrate to the space if no more solutions are found.

  2. correction: Humans are not adapted to respond to long term threats.

  3. To me, the tragedy of the inevitable occurences of such events doesn’t lie in the potentially morbid effects they have on humanity but rather in the destruction of any natural “item” that could have enhanced our knowledge as a race.

    Our instinct to dominate and utilize The Earth for our own immediate advantage has fogged our ability to rationalize and impose constructive disciplines on our actions. To be able to collectively surpass our immediate urges for domination could mean a relatively better future for our planet, if not for justice’s and knowledge’s sake, for our own as a species that wishes to prosper.

  4. According to David Roberts, 27 to 33% of flowering plants will be threatened for extinction. This is a catastrophy by itself because if this huge percentage of species will be wiped out, human’s life will be also threatened for extinction because we, as humans, depend on plants and all kind of species to live.

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