In Venezuela there are 570 plants in danger of extinction as a result of the destruction of their habitat for housing construction, the implementation of activities as farming and livestock, as well as its illegal logging for commercial purposes.
A study published in September 2014 by the International Union for the Care of Nature (IUCN) indicates that at least 20% of the world’s medicinal plants are threatened. The list contains some species that live in Ecuador.
The impacts of a warming climate in the Arctic are changing the ranges of plants and animals in the sea and on the land, according to this year’s report on the Arctic by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Agave de Egger (Agave eggersiana), Island brittleleaf (Gonocalyx concolor) and Puerto Rico manjack (Varronia rupicola &Cordia rupicola), these three plants have been candidates for listing to get protection.
Lawsuits are expected to challenge the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposalto limit emissions from new power plants, and the main reason is cutting-edge, anti-pollution technology.
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta visiting the Canadian Arctic Archipelago to explore regional changes caused by global warming have found that some plants once buried by glaciers for hundreds of years have now been exposed.
From the Peruvian Andes to Mexico’s white-sand beaches, Latin America and the Caribbean plays home to 34% of the world’s plant species and 27% of mammals, making it one of the world’s biodiversity ‘superpowers’.
More than half of common plant species and a third of animals could see a serious decline in their habitat range because of climate change.
It is already known that plants can communicate through chemicals, but new research shows that they can still communicate when all routes are blocked except sound.
Botanist Ramona Oviedo has spent decades combing the countryside in Cuba to study and curb the spread of invasive plant species, a serious problem that has been aggravated by climate change.
“We estimate that there are a total of around 13 million species (known and unknown) in the world,” says Thomas Lewinsohn, a renowned professor of ecology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Sao Paulo state.
Some 66 species of plants, of the over 8,500 existing in the Colombian Amazon, are at risk of disappearing. This information was the result of an investigation conducted by the Institute Sinchi, in charge of the study of biodiversity in this region.
A group at Panasonic has developed the Artificial Photosynthesis System, which produces organic materials with a world-leading efficiency in terms of solar energy conversion. The recently achieved efficiency, is on a par with that for real plants used in biomass energy.
It’s well-known that the world’s rainforests contain an enormous variety of arthropods, the group of animals that includes insects and spiders. But a new study shows that this variety is simply mind-blowing.
Researchers from the University of Vigo, in collaboration with the Environmental Services Unit at the Alejandro de Humboldt National Park (Cuba), have discovered two new species of Caribbean orchid.