Third of globe's conifer species under threat from extinction

More than a third of the world’s conifer species are threatened with extinction as a result of urbanisation, logging, disease and feral goats, according to a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Some 206 of the world’s 606 species of pine, cedar, cypress, fir, yew and other conifer plants could cease to exist in the coming years unless strong measures are taken to conserve them, according to the first comprehensive assessment of these plants since 1998.

The Red List of threatened species includes California’s Monterey Pine and the Atlas Cedar. Lawson’s Cypress have recovered as trade restrictions were toughened up and disease-resistant strains planted.

Brtiish native conifers, the common yew, the Scottish Pine and the Juniper, are all safe.

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