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Thu May 23, 2013, 03:55 PM

Scientists: Frog and toad declines signal of ‘collapse of the world’s ecosystems’

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/23/scientists-frog-and-toad-declines-signal-of-collapse-of-the-worlds-ecosystems/



A study released Wednesday said that North American frogs, toads and other amphibious animals are disappearing so quickly that they are on track to be extinct from their natural habitats by 2033. According to the Denver Post, the study — which was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey — said that these types of animal populations are disappearing at a rate of 3.7 percent per year, although certain threatened species are expected to be extinct from their natural habitats within 6 years.

The researchers found that amphibian species are even rapidly declining in protected areas. Biologist Erin Muths of Ft. Collins, Colorado told the Post, “Even in what we consider pristine areas, we are seeing amphibian decline. If anything is doing poorly in an area we think is protected, that says something about our level of protection and about what may be happening outside those areas.”

The USGS study did not delve into the causes of the species’ shrinking numbers, but a report published by Oregon State University in 2011 titled “Catastrophic amphibian declines have multiple causes, no simple solution” said that a plethora of factors could be to blame.

“The amphibian declines are linked to 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,” reads the report.

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Reply Scientists: Frog and toad declines signal of ‘collapse of the world’s ecosystems’ (Original post)
xchrom May 2013 OP
cilla4progress May 2013 #1
shenmue May 2013 #2
cilla4progress May 2013 #3
PlanetBev May 2013 #4
emmadoggy May 2013 #8
stuntcat May 2013 #14
bvar22 May 2013 #5
emmadoggy May 2013 #9
Dustlawyer May 2013 #6
WillyT May 2013 #7
Voice for Peace May 2013 #10
GiveMeFreedom May 2013 #11
GliderGuider May 2013 #12
stuntcat May 2013 #13

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 04:03 PM

1. Maybe humans will be gone 1st..

then the frogs and amphibians can hold on.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #1)

Thu May 23, 2013, 04:08 PM

2. I hope so.

Name me a frog that has started a war.

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Response to shenmue (Reply #2)

Thu May 23, 2013, 04:10 PM

3. How do I say this without sounding terrible...

I sort of agree.

Except for my kid and friends and all the people who don't deserve it and are trying to do something positive ...

Therein lies the problem.

We are all connected. Even the amphibians.

I weep every day over this - sometimes only on the inside.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 04:28 PM

4. A Little Night Music

Last night as I was leaving a friend's house in Thousand Oaks, I heard the sound of distant croakers. I drove around the neighborhood until I found them. Between two houses there was a big overgrown area where they thankfully did not build a house. I parked, got out of my car, and just lingered there, listening to a wonderful froggy serenade. It might have well been the L.A. Philharmonic. It was like music to my ears.

I can't believe what we're doing to this planet and the creatures in it. I fear that someday all we'll be left with is the battery operated plastic frog I keep on my patio.

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Response to PlanetBev (Reply #4)

Thu May 23, 2013, 06:10 PM

8. At our last home

we had a nearby small cattle pond (no longer used for cattle). It was a few hundred yards down the hill from our house. We often had little green friends find their way up to our house to climb up on one of my planters, or under the grill, or onto a porch rail, or once even on our glass door. They were so cute and we loved having them around.

At night, they could be so loud it was unreal - but I absolutely loved to sit out on our porch swing and just listen to the frogs and crickets. So peaceful and heavenly.



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Response to PlanetBev (Reply #4)

Thu May 23, 2013, 11:50 PM

14. We built a big pond two years ago, specially for frogs

We got some bullfrog tadpoles and now this is their second year and the first time I've heard froggy croaks in soo many years!
Having frogs around was the whole reason for the big expensive pain in the ass pond, I've wanted this since we moved here over ten years, now when i hear the croaks I want to cry, or scream!

This story breaks me totally. I can just hope for my own sweet bullfrogs.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 05:26 PM

5. Frogs, Earthworms, Bees, Humming Birds, Butterflies, Lightening Bugs....

ALL are our Canaries-in-the-Coal Mine.
The disappearance of these are the Emergency Warning Signs.
Your LIFE, and the LIVES of YOUR Children, are facing an Imminent Threat.
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Naw.
Never mind.
So, whatcha doin this weekend?
Anything good on TV?

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #5)

Thu May 23, 2013, 06:13 PM

9. Yep.







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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 05:56 PM

6. What's even worse news is that the phytoplankton are dying off as well!

Phytoplankton are the base of the food chain for the worlds oceans, but perhaps more importantly, produces the majority of the worlds oxygen. It will be game over if the pollution speeds up the process or if the process is not reversed. We talk about growing the economy, but not about resource protection. We have already overfished the oceans and act like we can continue to grow in definetely without population control or resource management. Capitalism is not sustainable in its present form where it is all about money. I sometimes feel like we are Lemmings headed for the cliff!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 06:08 PM

7. K & R !!!


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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 06:24 PM

10. not frog and toad!!

maybe these guys can help
http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780064440219

most beloved characters speak out?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 06:34 PM

11. Forgive my memory

lapse. I do remember seeing something about a distinction theory for dinosaurs that caused their demise. It purported that insects were so thick and carried so many diseases, that dinosaurs had no natural defense against the overwhelming numbers of insects. "And the meek shall inherit the earth" Hmm? Cockroaches FTW.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu May 23, 2013, 10:00 PM

12. We have no way of knowing for sure how this will all turn out, but

It sure feels as though Mother Gaia is getting ready to try on a new wardrobe...

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Response to GliderGuider (Reply #12)

Thu May 23, 2013, 11:40 PM

13. Hope the new wardrobe is more than a sweater made of plastic trash

It kills me, all the beautiful life we're wiping out, convinced all along we're the image of "God"
:barf:

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