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 Dec 2010
A new partnership involving Kew and led by The Global Crop Diversity Trust announced a major global search to find, gather, catalogue, use, and save the wild relatives of essential food crops, to help protect global food supplies against the imminent threat of climate change, and strengthen future food security.5 likes
12 Nov 2010
This next decade will be about winding down the unsustainable business models of the 20th Century and evolving new 21st Century business models that are fit for purpose.
04 Nov 2010
Colin Clubbe from Kew's UK Overseas Territories team reports on the latest news about the newly created Chagos Marine Reserve.
01 Nov 2010
Kew's Director, Professor Stephen Hopper talks about Kew's response to the agreement reached in Nagoya last week to protect the natural environment. A positive outcome for conserving the world's biodiversity.14 likes
26 Oct 2010
The most comprehensive assessment of the world’s vertebrates confirms an extinction crisis with one-fifth of species threatened. A recent study by Kew and partners has further revealed that that one fifth of plant species are also at risk - including Caliphruria tenera. However, the situation would be worse were it not for current global conservation efforts, according to a study launched today at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Nagoya, Japan.6 likes
18 Oct 2010
As international politicians and government representatives discuss the conservation and management of the world’s biodiversity at the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan this week, Kew reflects on its work with partners around the world to support biodiversity.7 likes
29 Sep 2010
A global analysis of extinction risk for the world's plants, conducted by Kew together with the Natural History Museum, London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has revealed that the world’s plants are as threatened as mammals, with one in five of the world’s plant species threatened with extinction.56 likes
22 Sep 2010
Plants picked up to 150 years ago by Victorian collectors and held by the million in herbarium collections across the world could become a powerful – and much needed – new source of data for studying climate change, according to research published this week in the British Ecological Society's Journal of Ecology.7 likes
20 Sep 2010
Kew and Missouri Botanical Gardens in the United States are collaborating with partners worldwide to create the first working list of all known plants.10 likes
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