THE ECO-HYSTERICS (BBC):
Launch for amphibian 'life raft"
Conservationists have launched a new initiative aimed at safeguarding the world's amphibians from extinction.
The Amphibian Survival Alliance will bring together existing projects and organisations, improving co-ordination, scientific research and fund-raising.
About a third of amphibian species are threatened with extinctions.
A two-day summit held last week in London identified the two main threats as destruction of habitat and the fungal disease chytridiomycosis.
"The world's amphibians are facing an uphill battle for survival," said James Collins, co-chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) co-ordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
"If we want to stop the amphibian extinction crisis, we have to protect the areas where amphibians are threatened by habitat destruction"
Hundreds of new frog species found in Madagascar
Around 200 new species of frogs have been found in Madagascar, one of the world's biodiversity hotspots.
A study identified between 129 and 221 new species of frogs on the island. The Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC), who carried out the study, believe the find could practically double the number of amphibians known in the world if the results are extrapolated at a global scale.
The study, published in the journal "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA," suggests that the number of amphibian species in Madagascar has been significantly underestimated.
NOTE TO ECO-NUTSIES:
- WE DO NOT LIVE IN A PERFECT, STATIC OR PRISTINE WORLD; EXTINCTION - LIKE CLIMATE CHANGE - HAS ALWAYS BEEN A PART OF LIFE ON EARTH AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE.
THE ECO-NUTSIES AREN'T FOR THE EARTH; THEY'RE AGAINST A FREE AND PROSPEROUS AND INDUSTRIOUS HUMANITY.