Get everyone at school to plant a tree this year

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The importance of planting trees to save the planet was highlighted when the Botanic Gardens
Conservation International (BGCI), based in Richmond in the UK, recently unveiled the first-ever database of all the world’s tree species.
The new database is called Global Tree Search, and comprises information gleaned from more than 500 published
sources to create what the BGCI calls “[a] global, authoritative list of tree species”, of which there are 60 065 currently living on Earth, says the BGCI. “Of that number, more than half were found to only occur in a single
country, which could suggest an increased vulnerability to threats,” say the authors of the database.
The researchers’ findings were collated into a paper published in the Journal of Sustainable Forestry. They
warned that about 9 600 tree species are under threat of extinction. The report revealed heart-breaking details. For example, one particular species, Karomia gigas, or the Chinese hats tree, was found to have only six trees growing in a remote part of Tanzania. The tree had been driven to extinction from overharvesting for construction and furniture-making, say the researchers.

 

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