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The Modern Plant Extinction Rate Is the Worst It's Ever Been, According to New Study


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If you've been staying up-to-date on the climate crisis, you probably won't be too surprised at the results of a new study published by the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution this week. According to the study, plant extinction has progressed to a highly unnatural rate over the past century, climbing to 500 times quicker than what it was before the Industrial Revolution, EcoWatch reported. The study claims to provide a "comprehensive, global analysis of modern extinction in plants," and it shows how the climate crisis is affecting so many parts of the planet.

Nature published a summary of the paper, which studied more than 330,000 species of plants. The study found that since 1900, seed-bearing plants have been going extinct at a rate of about three species per year, which is 500 times higher than what the natural rate should be. In 1753, botanist Carl Linnaeus published the book Species Plantarum (The Species of Plants), which listed all known species of plants at that point. Since then, a total of 1,234 species were declared extinct. However, the study found that around half of those declarations turned out to be inaccurate, meaning 571 plants have gone extinct over the past 266 years.