28 Apr '13, 2am

Save the frogs, save ourselves

Save the frogs, save ourselves

Save the frogs, save ourselves Commentary by Karen Lips special to mongabay.com September 04, 2009 print Amphibians are going extinct around the globe. As a scientist specializing in frogs, I have watched dozens of species of these creatures die out. The extinction of frogs and salamanders might seem unimportant, but the reality couldn't be farther from the truth. Indeed, from regulating their local ecosystems, to consuming and controlling the population of mosquitoes and other insects that spread disease, to potentially pointing the way to new drugs for fighting diseases such as cancer or HIV-AIDS, the fate of these creatures is inexorably linked to our own. The number one danger to most species today is habitat loss. But a new threat, specific to amphibians, has spread like wildfire across the globe. From the Panamanian jungles in Central America to the Appalachian Mount...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2009/0904-frog_editorial.html

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