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Thu Mar 28, 2019, 02:07 PM

The Plague Killing Frogs Everywhere Is Far Worse Than Scientists Thought

Source: New York Times

On Thursday, 41 scientists published the first worldwide analysis of a fungal outbreak that’s been wiping out frogs for decades. The devastation turns out to be far worse than anyone had previously realized.

Writing in the journal Science, the researchers conclude that populations of more than 500 species of amphibians have declined significantly because of the outbreak — including at least 90 species presumed to have gone extinct. The figure is more than twice as large as earlier estimates.

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Scientists first noticed in the 1970s that some frog populations were declining quickly; by the 1980s, some species appeared to be extinct. The losses were puzzling, because the frogs were living in pristine habitats, unharmed by pollution or deforestation.

In the late 1990s, researchers discovered that frogs in both Australia and Panama were infected with a deadly fungus, which they named Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis — Bd, for short.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/28/science/frogs-fungus-bd.html

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Calista241 Mar 2019 OP
lagomorph777 Mar 2019 #1
democratisphere Mar 2019 #2
Nitram Mar 2019 #3
democratisphere Mar 2019 #5
ToxMarz Mar 2019 #4
ck4829 Mar 2019 #6

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2019, 02:11 PM

1. How did we cause it? International trade in animals.

And it seems we've been able to slow this down with regulations.

That's a bit scary because we have an anti-regulation party in control in the (former) moral leader in international governance.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2019, 02:14 PM

2. Mass extinction continues with no solutions to the problems.

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Response to democratisphere (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 28, 2019, 02:22 PM

3. Most mass extinction is caused by habitat degradation and destruction by humans. This article

reports that frog populations declined even in "pristine habitats unharmed by pollution or deforestation." It also concludes that deforestation and climate change are not factors. Frog population loss peaked in the 1980s and seems to be declining.

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Response to Nitram (Reply #3)

Thu Mar 28, 2019, 04:18 PM

5. Pathogens are and will continue to be the concern about the

extinction of frogs and other species.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Thu Mar 28, 2019, 02:38 PM

4. Was kind of hoping it was this kind of frog

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Sat Mar 30, 2019, 02:05 AM

6. K&R

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