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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...
Retirement savings rate improves when workers get help with whole financial life, study suggests

Retirement savings rate improves when workers get help with whole financial life, study suggests

Finance
Workers who get advice on all money matters impacting their lives do a better job saving specifically for retirement, a new report suggests.Among more than 2,400 employees who have had access to ongoing coaching for all aspects of their financial lives, the average retirement-plan contribution rate climbed to 9.4% of pay in 2018 from 6.3% in 2013, according to research from the Financial Wellness Think Tank, which is sponsored by financial-wellness benefit provider Financial Finesse.Additionally, the share who said they are on track to reach their retirement income goal jumped to 57% in 2018 from 21% in 2013.Jason York | Getty ImagesOverall, financial wellness among the financially coached workers improved during that five-year period to 6.4 from 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 10. That compares to...
Study: Impacts of extreme weather on communities influences climate beliefs

Study: Impacts of extreme weather on communities influences climate beliefs

Science
May 31 (UPI) -- New research suggests the impact of extreme weather on a person's neighbors and community has a greater influence on a person's climate change beliefs than individual losses. "We found that damage at the zip-code level as measured by FEMA was positively associated with stronger climate change beliefs even three or four years after the extreme flooding event our study examined," Elizabeth A. Albright, an assistant professor of the practice of environmental science and policy methods at Duke University, said in a news release. Albright and her colleagues sent surveys to a variety of communities impacted by heavy rains and flooding in Colorado. Researchers surveyed individuals that were directly impacted by flooding, as well as those that avoided individual property damages....