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Climate Change and Plant Conservation
Plants face many threats, but climate change is probably the single greatest threat to plant diversity, and thus a major challenge for plant conservationists.
Humankind is affecting natural temperature regulation by releasing increasing quantities of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. This will have multiple effects, not just a gradual increase in temperature.
Climate change has important implications for nearly every aspect of life on Earth. Its multiple effects could prove the "final straw" for plants already facing other threats.
Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation
In issuing its ‘Gran Canaria Declaration on Climate Change and Plant Conservation’ the Gran Canaria Group, whose membership includes many botanic gardens around the world, calls on the international community to take urgent action to protect global plant diversity.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
This Convention addresses the concern that human activities have increased in the average temperature of the earth's surface and thus changed the basic conditions that have allowed life to exist on earth.
Climate Change Responses
We asked Cultivate readers what they think about climate change and how botanic gardens can be - and are - involved in assessing and mitigating it's impacts. We have had a lot of very interesting responses some of which are published here.
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Challenges in Botanical Research and Climate Change
The 2nd World Botanic Gardens Scientific Congresswill be held in Delft, the Netherlands, on 29 June - 4 July 2008. The main themes are Conservation and Climate Change, Bionics, New Systematics and Future Issues. Registration for those wishing to contribute a paper is 15 December