How can I get away with mocking botanists? Because they are tying their panic to climate change -- a fantasy in which carbon dioxide is seen as a threat to life on the planet. Kathy Willis, director of science at Kew said it may take until 2030 before the impact of climate change can really be measured.
"For most of the major groups of plants we're talking about, it takes at least 10, 20, 30 years before the next generation starts to produce flowers and pollen," she said.
It's as if she never heard of photosynthesis.
From Yahoo News:
A fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom.
The survey by Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants.
The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to be the biggest extinction threat, representing 31 percent of the total risk to plants.
Logging and the gathering of plants followed at 21.3 percent, with construction work attributing for 12.8 percent of the risk.
The threat of climate change and severe weather was estimated at making up 3.96 percent, although scientists said it may be too early to measure the long-term effects.
Other threats came from invasive species, dam-building and fires.Sigh.
After a while, you realize that real science is conducted without a press release or a government grant.