Frogs to Be Wiped out by 2033? Study Predicts Imminent End of Amphibians

Frogs to Be Wiped out by 2033? Study Predicts Imminent End of AmphibiansA new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) says that frogs, toads and salamanders are in severe decline, knocking off at a rate of 3.7 percent a year. The news is worse for amphibians already listed as endangered species. They could become extinct in just six years.

Even in areas that are considered “pristine” and protected, the amphibian decline is pronounced, indicating that current environmental protections may not be enough.

A study published by Oregon State University researches the amphibian decline and includes a long list of factors, including “natural forces such as competition, predation, reproduction and disease, as well as human-induced stresses such as habitat destruction, environmental contamination, invasive species and climate change.”

Biologists believe that amphibian sensitivity to environmental changes is partly due to their permeable skin. The skin makes them susceptible to environmental problems both on land and in water, essentially doubling their exposure to any environmental stress.

Amphibians aren’t the only animals caught on a downward slide. Snakes, mammals and birds are also on the list.

Biologists fear that losses of animal species will deeply and negatively impact the ecosystem. For example, amphibians offer great pest control in addition to being the ideal meal for certain predators. Their absence from the food chain could have profound ecological effects.

Try these:

Neanderthal Baby Nourishment Not Too Different From Us
Astroid Due to Buzz Earth, Building NASA's Threatening Objects Mission
National Smoking Rate Continues to Fall – Will Electronic Cigarettes Help or Hinder the Cause?
How Your IQ and Pay Packet are Connected – But Not the Way You Think
Smoothies Vs Soda – Scientists Warn of Dangerous Sugar Content
Mid-Life Munchies Making you Miserable – Study Links Junk Food with Depression
Smartphone Addiction Costs User a Month of Life Each Year
Study: Stress Causes One in Five Kids to Lose Sleep, Avoid Friends or Skip Meals
Egypt Zoo Claims Baby Giraffe Committed Suicide – Charities Not Convinced, Suggest Negligence
Sex Doll Joins 19 Mile High Club – CNV Launches Dummy Into Space
Daytime Napping Deemed Deadly – Afternoon Snoozers Twice as Likely to Die
Cancer Specialist: Let Elderly Patients Die, Prioritize Younger Sufferers
Australia Rocked by Wave of Sheep Suicides – Vet Likens Outbreak to Heroin Addiction
Major Study Finds E-Cigarettes Great for Quitters, Less So for Society
Simple Blood Test Could Replace Lengthy and Expensive Cancer Diagnoses
Three-Person Baby Debate Heads to British Parliament for Historic Vote
Experts Advise Cancer Patients to Avoid Fish Oil Supplements During Chemo
Antidepressants Could be Replaced by Safer, Equally Powerful Mindfulness Coaching
Almost a Quarter of Kids and Youths Drink No Water At All, Harvard Reports
Douching More Harmful Than Helpful: New Study's Findings