Conservation and climate change news
Plants have an essential role to play in mitigating the effects of climate change, because they take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Conversely, if forests are destroyed by burning, then carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere. Deforestation accounts for about one fifth of the world’s carbon emissions.
However, plants are threatened by environmental changes including climate change. Conserving plants is therefore critical to any sustainable solution to environmental change.
31 Jan 2014
Orchid researcher André Schuiteman describes the challenges facing orchids in the wild and what Kew is doing to help them.
23 Oct 2013
During their recent visit to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in the Caribbean, Martin, Sara and Marcella from Kew’s UK Overseas Territories team were searching for some of the islands’ threatened plants in an effort to understand the dangers they face.
23 Sep 2013
For the past five years the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has been working with Falklands Conservation (FC) and the Falkland Islands Government (FIG) to research the impacts of invasive alien plants and take action against some of the worst offenders. FC’s Richard Lewis updates us on the control of thistles (Cirsium spp. & Carduus spp.), some of the most troublesome species.
20 Sep 2013
Inspired by Kew's Incredibles Festival, Sarah Cody shares some lesser-known facts about barley, one of the world’s favourite crops and one of the 29 key crops of the Millennium Seed Bank and the Global Crop Diversity Trust's Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change project
19 Sep 2013
Reports from an international workshop on plant conservation on Mediterranean islands are now available.4 likes
13 Aug 2013
It's just another working day for Angie Bell, one of Kew's Seed Processing Assistants, as she heads down the spiral staircase to the underground vault of the Millennium Seed Bank where she will be banking seeds from Malawi in sub-zero temperatures.
22 Jul 2013
Global efforts to adapt staple foods like rice, wheat and potato to climate change have been given a major boost today as new research shows the whereabouts of their wild cousins. These wild relations could offer beneficial qualities to help major crops become more productive and resilient in the face of future climates and new threats.20 likes
19 Jul 2013
This video discusses why wild crop relatives are so important for our future food security, and how Kew and the Millennium Seed Bank are helping to safeguard them.7 likes
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