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One in Five of World's Plant Species at Risk of Extinction
Nearly 100,000 plant species, one-fifth of the world's total, are at risk of extinction even as 2,000 new plant species are discovered every year.
The State of the World's Plants report by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew reveals that while factors such as land-use change and new infrastructure play a big role at present, climate change is likely to be a bigger factor in the future in threatening the plants' survival.
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By Sydney Swanson
With April hopping along and Easter just around the corner, it's time for dyeing eggs (and inadvertently, dyeing hands.) It's easy to grab an egg-dyeing kit at the local supermarket or drug store, but those dye ingredients are not pretty.
By Sierra Searcy
This week, progressive Democrats and youth advocates are launching a nationwide tour to win support for the Green New Deal. Though popular, the ambitious plan to tackle climate change has struggled to earn the endorsement of centrist Democrats in Rust Belt states like Michigan, the second stop on the tour.
It's heartening, in the midst of the human-caused sixth mass extinction, to find good wildlife recovery news. As plant and animal species disappear faster than they have for millions of years, Russia's Siberian, or Amur, tigers are making a comeback. After falling to a low of just a few dozen in the mid-20th century, the tigers now number around 500, with close to 100 cubs — thanks to conservation measures that include habitat restoration and an illegal hunting crackdown.