Â“State of the World’s TreesÂ” report
The recently released Â“State of the WorldÂ’s TreesÂ” estimates that 30 per cent of the worldÂ’s tree species are at brink of extinction in the wild. These include oaks, magnolias and tropical timber trees and others. The number of threatened tree species is estimated to be 17,500, which is twice the combined number of threatened species of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptile species.
The threat to trees is caused by human activities such as deforestation as well as climate change, sea level rise and extreme weather patterns. There are 142 species that are already extinct. This is significant as each species has a unique ecological function and their survival is paramount for the overall biodiversity conservation.