The 2019 fires in the Amazon rainforest threaten one-tenth of the known species on Earth. Stacker used the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List to highlight 50 endangered species from this region that have been put at risk by this summer’s crisis.
While other countries are adopting carbon taxes and building fleets of electric buses, the U.S. is mired in political turmoil and led by a president who denies the urgent reality of climate change. For now, most clean energy developments happen on the state and local level.
The world is facing an extinction crisis, and it has ramifications for our backyards. Stacker used a database of extinct plants published in Nature this past June (Humphreys et al. 2019) to develop a list of 21 plants that were lost to science here in America.