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Trees face threat of extinction

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AROUND a third of all the world’s tree species are threatened with extinction, according to a global index warning that climate change could tip some forests into ecosystem collapse.

Land clearance for farming – both crops and livestock – and logging were by far the biggest threats to trees, the State of the World’s Trees report said, adding that climate change was also “having a clearly measurable impact”.

The study looked at the risks to 58,497 tree species worldwide and found that 30 per cent (17,500) were threatened with extinction, with a further 7 per cent listed as “possibly threatened”.

Well-known trees such as magnolias were among the most threatened.

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