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California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing?

California wildfires: Why are so many listed as missing?

World
Over the last few days the number of people unaccounted for in the deadly Camp Fire in northern California has skyrocketed to more than 1,200. The sudden jump has led to some confusion among locals and officials alike.The confirmed death toll of 76 is already a state record, so could this huge number of missing people really still be added to that?The answer is not so simple, as authorities in the worst-hit area, Butte County, have openly admitted.On Friday, when the list first soared to over 1,000, Sheriff Kory Honea described the database as "dynamic"."The information I am providing you is raw data and we find there is the likely possibility that the list contains duplicate names," the sheriff said on Friday.Officials say the l...
IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

IUCN Red List: Wild crops listed as threatened

Science
Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.More than 20 rice, wheat and yam plants have been listed as threatened on the latest version of the IUCN's Red list.The wild plants are being squeezed out by intensive farming, deforestation and urban sprawl, say scientists.Modern crops can be crossbred with their wild cousins to safeguard foods.''To lose them would be a disaster,'' said Dr Nigel Maxted of the University of Birmingham, who is co-chair of the IUCN's specialist group on crop wild relatives.''It would be much more difficult to maintain food security without them.'' Insurance policyCommercial crops have lost genetic diversity. They are vulnerable to the eff...