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One of the main drivers of plant extinction is clearance of natural habitats [GETTY IMAGES]. Two-fifths of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction, scientists have warned. Researchers say they are racing against time to name and describe new species, before they disappear. Plants hold huge promise as medicines, fuels and foods, says a report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. But opportunities are being lost to use plants and fungi to address global issues such as food security and climate change. The assessment of the State of the World’s Plants and Fungi is based on research from more than 200 scientists in 42 countries. The report was released on the day of a United Nations summit,... Full story

30 September