• Rommel Bezerra de Andrade

Should Politics and Science Mix?


Probably not. The recent publication of The State of World's Plants, a very interesting report by the Royal Botanic Gardens - KEW brought in deserved

attention from the media, including BBC News, The Guardian and The Washington Post but, sadly, some of the news highlighted controversial information from the report. As a glaring example of the "green" media bias, they state that 21% of the world's plants are at risk of extinction due to climate change, habitat loss, diseases and invasive species. That's an obvious exaggeration, as the report clearly states that 20,617 assessments were made on the infamous Red List, but this represents only 5% of all vascular plants. The report also say: "There is little evidence that extinctions caused by climate change have occurred in the past decade." And the report goes further: "The lack of coverage of plants means that the Red List does not yet adequately represent overall extinction risk in plants." So, it is quite obvious that, as usual, political views from the media outlets are being used (manipulated?) to influence public opinion. NOT RIGHT!


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