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Plant extinction ‘bad news for all species’

Plant extinction ‘bad news for all species’

Science
Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study.The number is based on actual extinctions rather than estimates, and is twice that of all bird, mammal and amphibian extinctions combined.Scientists say plant extinction is occurring up to 500 times faster than what would be expected naturally.In May, a UN report estimated that one million animal and plant species were threatened with extinction. Researchers say their analysis of all documented plant extinctions in the world shows what lessons can be learned to stop future extinctions.Most people can name a mammal or bird that has become extinct in recent centuries, but few could name an extinct plant, said Dr Aelys Hum...
Study: Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in last 250 years

Study: Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in last 250 years

Science
June 11 (UPI) -- Almost 600 plant species have gone extinct in the last 250 years, which is twice the number of birds, mammals and amphibians to have disappeared from the Earth in the same period combined, according to a new study. Published Monday in the journal Nature, Ecology & Evolution, the study states that 571 plants have been wiped from the face of the Earth and plants species are going extinct 500 times faster than the normal rate of loss without human intervention. The number was calculated by one of the study's co-authors, Rafael Govaerts, after reviewing all publications on plant extinctions over 30 years. The study shows that the number of extinct plant species is four times higher than previous compilations and twice the combined 271 birds, mammals and amphibians record...
UK economy shrank in April after Brexit car plant shutdowns

UK economy shrank in April after Brexit car plant shutdowns

Business
The UK economy shrank by 0.4% in April, after a "dramatic fall" in car manufacturing, the Office for National Statistics said. A number of car plants owned by the likes of Jaguar Land Rover and Honda temporarily halted production in April, to mitigate any disruption to their supply chains as Britain prepared to leave the European Union. JLR shut down all three UK manufacturing plants and its engineering plant between 8-12 April, for the second time in six months.Last July the company warned that its UK plants and at least 40,000 jobs are at risk if the country leaves the European Union without a free trade deal.Honda stopped production for six days in the same month, and plans to shut its Swindon plant altogether by 2022, with 3,500 UK jobs at stake. ...

Union: Ford to close plant in Wales that employs 1,700

World
Carmaker Ford plans to close next year a plant in Wales that employs 1,700 people, a union said Thursday. The GMB union said union leaders were given the news by company officials on Thursday. Ford was expected to make an announcement later about the engine plant in the town of Bridgend. GMB regional organizer Jeff Beck says the news was "a real hammer blow for the Welsh economy and the community in Bridgend." Former Welsh government leader Carwyn Jones, who represents Bridgend in the Welsh Assembly, said "this has all been very sudden. There was no warning about this at all." "From my perspective I want to know what's going on as to with the workers and want to know a reason for the decision, and to work with Welsh government to see what we can do to help the workers here," he said. The ...
Ford Bridgend engine plant ‘to close in 2020’

Ford Bridgend engine plant ‘to close in 2020’

Business
Ford's engine plant in Bridgend will close in September 2020, union sources have said, with the loss of 1,700 jobs.Union officials are being told details of the plans at a meeting with Ford bosses which include the offer of redeployment of workers to other sites. The company is understood to be blaming "under utilisation" and cost disadvantage compared with other sites.Ford will make an official announcement later, with workers arriving at the plant saying they were "devastated".The plant employs workers from across south Wales and many more in companies supplying goods and services to it. The GMB union said closure would "mean disaster" for the community.Live updates: Fears for the future of Ford Bridgend ...