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2011-05-03 09:47:19

There's a crisis among the world's amphibians"”about 40 percent of amphibian species have dwindled in numbers in just three decades. Now, museum jars stuffed full of amphibians may help scientists decide whether this wave of extinctions was caused by a fungal infection. DNA swabbed from the preservative-soaked skins of salamanders, frogs and toads"”collected from some of Central America's best-known extinction hotspots"” revealed a startling but clear pattern. Salamanders in...

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2010-08-09 12:55:00

Conservationists are scouring the world for frog species that are thought to be extinct, but may just be hanging on. Expeditions to search for the species known as the golden toad will start in the next two months in 14 countries. Amphibians are the most threatened animals on the planet, with one third of species at risk of extinction. Many have become extinct because of a fungal disease that is carried in the waters they live in. Robin Moore, the scientist leading the project, told BBC...

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2010-03-01 15:39:37

Challenges evidence that global warming was the cause Scientists broadly agree that global warming may threaten the survival of many plant and animal species; but global warming did not kill the Monteverde golden toad, an often cited example of climate-triggered extinction, says a new study. The toad vanished from Costa Rica's Pacific coastal-mountain cloud forest in the late 1980s, the apparent victim of a pathogen outbreak that has wiped out dozens of other amphibians in the Americas. Many...

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2008-09-01 16:40:00

Scientists from Manchester University and Chester Zoo have ventured into Costa Rica with hopes of finding some of the world's most endangered frogs. Their journey will take them deep into the forests of Monteverde where they will be on the lookout for the rare amphibians, including the golden toad, last seen about 20 years ago. "Costa Rica's highlands used to be major biodiversity hotspots - but in many areas, amphibian populations have been completely decimated," said team leader Andrew...

2008-06-16 21:00:00

The world is growing increasingly flat, with advances in transportation and technology bridging the psychological and physical gaps between points. So it is not so difficult to understand how climate change in one portion of the world could have a direct effect on the rest of us. An example that comes close to home is the link between the rain forests of Central America and the Great Lakes of North America. The weather at home depends upon both the poles and tropics, as Lynda Schneekloth,...

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2006-03-14 01:05:00

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO -- Exotic frogs and toads are dying out in the jungles of Latin America, apparent victims of global warming in what might be a harbinger of one of the worst waves of extinction since the dinosaurs. Accelerating extinctions would derail a United Nations goal of "a significant reduction in the current rate of biodiversity loss" by 2010. That target will be reviewed at a U.N. meeting of environment ministers in Curitiba, Brazil, on March 20-31....

2006-01-11 15:01:27

Please read in paragraph 8, "Canada's University of Alberta" instead of "University of Arizona." A corrected version follows. By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - An infectious fungus aggravated by global warming has killed entire populations of frogs in Central and South America and driven some species to extinction, scientists said on Wednesday. In research that showed the effects of rising temperatures on delicate ecosystems, a team of researchers found that a warming...

2006-01-11 15:10:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON -- An infectious fungus aggravated by global warming has killed entire populations of frogs in Central and South America and driven some species to extinction, scientists said on Wednesday. In research that showed the effects of rising temperatures on delicate ecosystems, a team of researchers found that a warming atmosphere encouraged the spread of a fungus that has wiped out species of harlequin frogs and golden toads. "This is the first clear evidence that...

2006-01-11 13:35:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - An infectious fungus aggravated by global warming has killed entire populations of frogs in Central and South America and driven some species to extinction, scientists said on Wednesday. In research that showed the effects of rising temperatures on delicate ecosystems, a team of researchers found that a warming atmosphere encouraged the spread of a fungus that has wiped out species of harlequin frogs and golden toads. "This is the first clear evidence...

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2005-10-06 06:05:00

LONDON -- The Golden Toad has already paid the ultimate price of extinction and other species are expected to follow suit as the world warms, according to a report published on Thursday. Changing weather patterns, rising sea levels, and increases in extreme weather events like droughts and floods due to global warming are already destroying habitats, and scientists expect the rate of destruction to increase, it said. And the species most at risk are those that either can't move and can't...


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2008-09-17 12:48:47

The Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes), was a small toad that was once abundant in a small region of high-altitude cloud-covered tropical forests above the city of Monteverde, Costa Rica. It inhabited an area of only about 20 square miles in area. It is now extinct possibly due to climate change brought on by global warming. This species was also known as the Monteverde Golden Toad, Monte Verde Toad, Alajuela Toad and Orange Toad. Adults males measured just about 2 inches long. Unlike most...

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