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.
10 Aug 2009
Kew works to record the diversity of plant life across the region and help conserve the species most at risk.8 likes
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank works with a network of international partners to save seeds world wide to safe guard plant life for our future.
07 Aug 2009
Tim Pearce is a regional co-ordinator at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership. Tim reflects on his most recent seed collecting trip to Kenya and talks about his concern for the unique plant life in the region.13 likes
07 Aug 2009
By recording the variety of plant life across Africa we identify threatened species and regions and help save plant life and habitats under threat.2 likes
Kew's Millennium Seed Bank discovers why new saltbush seedlings along the Namibian coastline are struggling to survive
06 Aug 2009
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank rescues vulnerable vegetation along the Namibian coast to save the region’s plants and rare wildlife for future generations.4 likes
22 Jul 2009
Kew 's Millennium Seed Bank provides the central theme for the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010.12 likes
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership is working with botanical organisations across the USA, coordinated by the Bureau of Land Management within the ‘Seeds of Success’ programme
People do not usually think of the UK flora as being endangered but with ever-increasing threats from more intensive agriculture, urbanisation, road building, pollution and climate change, it has been estimated that over 300 UK species are threatened with extinction from the UK countryside.
Tanzania has a vast wealth of plant diversity and includes species with a global market appeal such as the African Violet (Saintpaulia spp.). Like the disappearing glaciers of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania's plant wealth is under threat from land clearance, a rapidly expanding population and climate change. We are working with our partners in Tanzania to help develop their capacity to save this plant life.
Plant species around the world are becoming extinct more than ever before and at an increasing rate. Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership in South Africa is working to safeguard valuable plant species that are at risk. The seeds being collected will provide an insurance against losing precious species in the wild.
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A densely branching evergreen that can live for centuries, the common yew is often found in British churchyards.