What poses the biggest threat to plant life?

Take a closer look at the data and find out just how big a threat human induced activities are to the future of plant diversity.





Threats explained

Forest burned for agriculture in southern Mexico
Forest burned for agriculture in southern Mexico.

Human impact threats include human induced activities that have an impact on the population of plant species in different habitats. Threats include:

  • residential and commercial development and tourism
  • commercial agriculture
  • wood plantations
  • logging and wood extraction
  • mining and transportation
  • pollution
  • human disturbances e.g. war and recreational activities
  • harvesting e.g. for food and medicine
  • competition with invasive species

Natural events include geological events and disasters that have an impact on the population of plant species in different habitats. Threats include:

  • intrinsic factors e.g. limited dispersal, restricted range, poor reproduction
  • natural disasters e.g. volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and land slides.

Read about the Red List Index categories and criteria

Natural events - threat to plant life 19%

Natural events include geological events and disasters that have an impact on the population of plant species in different habitats. Threats include:

  • intrinsic factors e.g. limited dispersal, restricted range, poor reproduction
  • natural disasters e.g. volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, avalanches and land slides.
  • climate change e.g. a reduction in the areas with suitable climate for plant species to grow.