Several studies have been conducted recently in various fields of science. Each of these reveals some of the most significant findings. One such study was conducted recently on palm trees, revealing that over a thousand palm tree species are at risk of extinction. The study further reveals which distinct genera and species are at risk of extinction. As palm trees are part of a vast plant family that provides millions daily with food, drink, and shelter, the possibility of extinction is raising concerns worldwide.

For this reason, Real Research launched a survey on the danger to world’s palm trees. Here are the results.


  • 52.99% are well aware scientists used artificial intelligence to assess risks to the palm tree family and their extinction
  • 39.18% feel it’s highly concerning that 1000+ palm tree species are on the verge of extinction.
  • 16.4% want to increase research, and 15% want to increase tree plantation to curb palm tree extinction.

Causes for Mass Palm Tree Extinction

The survey on the world’s palm trees begins by revealing that 52.99% are fully aware that scientists used artificial intelligence (AI) to assess risks to the palm tree family. They concluded that over an estimated 1000-1900 palm species are at risk of extinction. Meanwhile, 25.36% were aware but without further details, and 21.65% were completely unaware.

Next, Palms are a vast plant family that provides millions daily with food, drink, and shelter, among other things. The survey asks how respondents feel about the possibility of extinction for up to 1000+ palm trees. In reply, 39.18% feel it’s highly concerning, and 18.79% think it’s somewhat concerning. Meanwhile, 10.52% believe it’s not concerning, and 10.46% say it’s not at all concerning.

Causes for mass palm tree extinction
Figure 1: Causes for mass palm tree extinction

Scientists have since explored possible causes for the world’s palm trees extinction. The survey asks respondents, ‘what are the possible reasons for the extinction of palm trees and other endangered trees?’ Following are the responses: deforestation (32.16%), forest clearing for farming (12.69%), and climate change (11.74%). Others replied forest clearing for mining (9.75%), global warming (9.1%), and urbanization (6.86%).

Best Way to Curb Tree Extinction

The survey then asks about the possible effects of palm tree extinction. The majority of 29.84% say it will disrupt existing habitats, and 14.7% think there will be a loss of fruit, drink, and shelter. Moreover, 10.56% believe it will increase soil erosion risks, and 8.93% feel it may worsen climate change.

Respondents on the best way to curb tree extinction
Figure 2: Respondents on the best way to curb tree extinction

Accordingly, the survey asks respondents about the best ways to curb tree extinction. The majority of 25% of respondents suggest restoring degraded forests, 16.4% want to increase research on it, and 15% want to increase tree plantation. Moreover, 12% prefer to increase awareness about tree extinction, whereas 8.83% advise promoting sustainability.

On the other hand, 7.96% of responses support the eco-forestry practice, and 7.33% want effective laws and regulations against harm to plants. Lastly, 7% suggest the need for better plant care to fight diseases.

Risk of Extinction Palm Tree Species

Reportedly, over 181 types of 2600 palm tree species exist, causing increasing threats to the biodiversity of palm trees. The survey asks if the world’s palm trees’ extinction is a serious concern, like climate change, global warming, wildfires, etc. The majority of 47.69% replied, ‘yes, definitely,’ 19.06% said, ‘yes, somewhat,’ and 13.7% thought, ‘no, not at all.’

Figure 3: Respondents’ view on the risk of extinction of palm tree species

Lastly, the survey on the world’s palm trees asks respondents if they think we are headed toward a mass palm tree extinction. Most respondents (32.82%) think it is highly likely, and 18.16% say somewhat likely. Meanwhile, 13.51% feel it’s unlikely to happen, and 11.9% also think highly unlikely.


Survey TitleSurvey on the Danger to World’s Palm Trees
DurationSeptember 30 – October 07, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.