Plant extinctions hundreds of times higher than historical average

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A new study shows the rate of plant extinctions is hundreds of times higher than historical averages.

An international group of researchers led by Macquarie University in Sydney, looked at documented plant extinctions in different areas around the world.

They found the rate of extinctions climbed dramatically in most areas up until the 1970s, before slowing down somewhat after that, but caution the situation is very serious.

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