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Knowledge of medicinal plants at risk as languages die out

<p>Loss of linguistic diversity may lead to disappearance of age-old remedies unknown to science, study warns</p><p>Knowledge of medicinal plants is at risk of disappearing as human languages become extinct, a new study has warned. </p><p>Indigenous languages contain vast amounts of knowledge about ecosystem services provided by the natural world around them. However, more than <a href="https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.03.407593v1">30% of the 7,400 languages on the planet are expected to disappear</a> by the end of the century, according to the UN.</p><p> <span>Related: </span><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/03/rewild-on-massive-scale-to-heal-nature-and-climate-says-un-decade-on-ecosystem-restoration-aoe">World must rewild on massive scale to heal nature and climate, says UN</a> </p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/08/knowledge-of-medicinal-plants-at-risk-as-languages-die-out">Continue reading...</a>

Loss of linguistic diversity may lead to disappearance of age-old remedies unknown to science, study warns

Knowledge of medicinal plants is at risk of disappearing as human languages become extinct, a new study has warned.

Indigenous languages contain vast amounts of knowledge about ecosystem services provided by the natural world around them. However, more than 30% of the 7,400 languages on the planet are expected to disappear by the end of the century, according to the UN.

Related: World must rewild on massive scale to heal nature and climate, says UN

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