Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Plants at Risk on Google Maps
Did you know that with one in five plant species in the world are threatened with extinction?
Kew Royal Britannic Gardens together with the Natural History Museum, London and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has completed a global analysis of the risk of extinction for the world's plants. The results of this research are presented on four Google Maps.
The first map shows the average threat level of plant life in different countries around the world. The second map shows the percentage of plant species under threat in different countries around the world. A third map shows the proportion of plant species unique to each country.
A fourth map has also been created to give an indication of the level of confidence that the researchers have in the data for each country.
Plants at Risk