Plant Species

In a recent editorial the New York Times supports the demotion of Latin for describing new plant species. In doing so, it argues for the urgency of naming new species before they go extinct:

Unlike modern botanists, Linnaeus felt no special urgency in going about his job. As climate change alters our world, anything that speeds up the description of species before they vanish is welcome. As it is, botanists have described roughly 200,000 species, with about 2,000 new species being described each year at the current rate. At best, they are less than halfway through the task of indexing all the plants, fungi and algae on earth.

via The New Universal Language of Plants – NYTimes.com.

The evolution of language continues, and the trend of English becoming closer to the universal language of humankind continues.

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