Notes from a rare planet: 1/5th of world’s plants at risk of extinction

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Fifth of world’s plants at risk of extinction, experts warn

  • “One in five of the world’s estimated 380,000 plant species is threatened with extinction and human activity is doing most of the damage, according to a global study published Wednesday.”
  • “The single greatest threat is conversion of natural habitats to agricultural use, directly impacting 33 percent of threatened species,” the report said.

Burma corporation still clear-cutting forest in key tiger reserve, group says

  • “A powerful Burma real estate developer is continuing to clear-cut forests in a region of Kachin State recently declared the world’s largest tiger reserve, according to a new report.”
  • “Today, a 200,000-acre mono-crop plantation project is making a mockery of the reserve’s protected status,” the report says.

Human impact on world’s rivers ‘threatens water security of 5 billion’

  • “Nearly 80% of the world’s rivers are so badly affected by humanity’s footprint that the water security of almost 5 billion people, and the survival of thousands of aquatic species, are threatened, scientists warned today.”
  • “”With all the protection the EU has in place for waterways, it was surprising to see it was a hotspot for biodiversity loss. But for a long time Europeans have altered their landscapes, including the removal of 90% of wetlands and floodplains, which are crucial parts of river ecosystems,” he said.”

NASA has a fantastic interactive feature showing glacier retreat all over the world

  • Some very startling imagery here, but this interactive feature does make it easy to see how much climate change has affected glacier coverage.

NYC to curb water runoff with blue and green roofs

  • New York City wants to catch and store rainwater temporarily in new roof systems to stop heavy storms sending sewage spilling into city waterways.
  • “Bloomberg estimates the city could save $2.4 billion over 20 years if the state allows it to use this kind of green technology instead of relying on so-called grey infrastructure, such as storage tanks and tunnels.”