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Category: Specific Organisms :: Amphibians
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California: Protections imposed for endangered frogs, toads 26.8.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two types of yellow-legged frogs, and a kind of toad found in Yosemite National Park, won extra protection Thursday when federal authorities declared nearly 3,000 square miles in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains as critical habitat for the endangered animals. The designation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service means closer controls […]
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Climate Change This Week: A Hot New High, Kids Show the Way, and More! 27.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
OO Europe's Oil Imports 'Dependent On Unstable Countries' OO Power From "The New Coal", Natural Gas, Expected To Reach A Record High, Despite Climate Concerns - bad news, because besides the bad methane emissions from its production and distribution, burning it adds further emissions. OO US Coal Ash Crisis Builds - Coal production and use has plummeted, but the wastes left behind after burning it keep on coming, and they have been stored in lightly regulated, water-filled basins since at least the 1950s. OO China Pledged To Curb Coal Plants. Greenpeace Says It's Still Adding Them. The construction boom would result in about 400 gigawatts of excess capacity and waste more than $150 billion on building unneeded plants, said the new a report. But ... OO Record Growth In Chinese Renewable Energy Markets OO Coal India Accused Of Bulldozing Human Rights Amid Production Boom says Amnesty International report. <> OO Fossil Fuel Industry Risks Losing $33 Trillion in revenue in the next 25 years due to global ...
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What To Grow In Your Forage Garden 9.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pinyon syrup; acorn and cattail crackers; golden currant wine; mountain trout with Manzanita berries and willow bark. Wild-foraged foods are becoming increasingly popular as adventurous foodies connect ancient food-gathering traditions with the local terroir. But unless you have access to private lands, much wild food foraging is illegal. Native plants are protected, and harvesting them is poaching. Try the easy alternative to poaching in our public spaces and parks -- grow edible plants at home! We need more native plants, not fewer. Besides feeding yourself, you'll also support the native butterflies and birds that depend on these foods. We can forage in our gardens! When people harvest native plants in our struggling Southern California ecosystems, their impact on the plants, and the insects and animals that need them, is devastating. Taking bark, leaves, seeds, nuts and berries weakens the plants' abilities to renew themselves, reproduce, and survive brutal drought. By harvesting elderberries, for ...
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Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world 8.7.2016 Environmental News Network
Amphibians that tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better in a world affected by climate change, disease and habitat loss, according to two recent studies from the University of California, Davis.Frogs are disappearing globally, and the studies examine why some survive while others perish. The studies reveal that thermal tolerance -- the ability to withstand higher temperatures -- may be a key trait in predicting amphibian declines.HEAT-TOLERANT FROGS ESCAPE DEADLY FUNGUSOne of the world's deadliest wildlife pandemics is caused by a fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd. The fungus is linked to several amphibian extinctions and global declines.
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Asia's Unknown, Ignored And Disappearing Animals 8.7.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Often called the most beautiful of the monkeys, the Red-shanked Douc langur of Southeast Asia hasn't benefited much from its good looks. It is barely known to the public or most conservationists and is Endangered. Photo by Art G. on flickr CC BY 2.0 Try to name Asia's most endangered animals, and iconic species such as tigers, orangutans and rhinos likely leap to mind. But pangolins, langurs or saola? Not so much. Most of us haven't heard of these "other" species, and can't even picture them. Yet these little-known primates and other mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish are no less valuable to their habitats, and to earth's overall biodiversity, than their more famous, more charismatic Asian animal compatriots. But unfortunately for these lesser-known creatures, they face the same deadly threats as the "top" tier endangered species. They walk the same paths, use the same rainforest trees and mangrove swamps, and drink from the same rivers. They depend on the same ecosystems, and those ecosystems ...
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Are Trump's Veep Choices A Dog Whistle To Anti-LGBT Voters? 7.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As the Veep stakes continue on both sides of the aisle, I was struck by the three potential candidates that are being most talked for the Trump ticket. Newt Gingrich, Mike Pence and Chris Christie. One thing each of these potential vice presidents share is their opposition to marriage equality. While each Veep candidate has accepted the Supreme Court ruling, Newt Gingrich said post the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, "No one should think today's ruling ends anything. It just shifts the field of conflict." Where is the new field of conflict? The so called religious freedom front. Its star is Indiana Governor Mike Pence. Last year, Pence became the poster boy for anti-LGBT legislation when he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law in Indiana. Pence said RFRA "ensures that Indiana law will respect religious freedom and apply the highest level of scrutiny to any state or local governmental action that infringes on people's religious liberty." Corporate leaders nationally and in ...
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Endangered Sonoma County Tiger Salamander Gets Recovery Plan 21.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity In accordance with a settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a final recovery plan for the endangered Sonoma County population of the California tiger salamander . The plan calls for purchase and permanent protection of approximately 15,000 acres of the salamander’s breeding ponds and adjacent ...
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The Daily 202: Senate will vote down new gun laws today because of an intensity gap that favors the NRA 20.6.2016 Washington Post
The Daily 202: Senate will vote down new gun laws today because of an intensity gap that favors the NRA
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Rare toads (presumably) love him; off-roaders do not 16.6.2016 LA Times: Environment

Cantankerous outlaws and merciless nature are out to kill the arroyo toads of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Like an ecological John Wayne, Sam Sweet — a big man with a beard and ponytail who at one point in his controversial career packed a .44 magnum — has spent his life trying to protect...

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Help for Hellbenders 14.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) is America's largest salamander. Like many amphibian species around the world, hellbenders are in trouble as human activity has degraded and destroyed their habitat. But hellbenders are getting some help. Thanks to an innovative conservation project spearheaded by the Ohio Division of Wildlife along with Toledo Zoo and other partners, the future of these slimy, prehistoric-looking creatures is looking a little brighter in Ohio. Growing to a length of up to two feet, these mottled brown salamanders are fully aquatic, living permanently in clear, swift-moving streams. Though broadly distributed throughout the Appalachian region from southern New York to northern Georgia, with populations in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, their stream habitat is under threat and the species has steeply declined. Hellbenders have strong legs to crawl around on stream bottoms and a large tail used to swim against robust currents. They also have folds of ...
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Students build robot to help Denver Zoo study endangered frogs in Peru 12.6.2016 Denver Post: Local
A group of 10 high school students Saturday tested an underwater robot they built to replace human divers in search of a rare frog at South America's Lake Titicaca.
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Lawsuit Launched Over Forest Service's Failure to Protect Rare California Frogs, Toads From Grazing 9.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S.

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This Popular Weed Killer Wreaks Havoc on Animals and Is Probably Hurting Us, Too 8.6.2016 Mother Jones
Atrazine, the second most commonly used herbicide in the United States, is mainly used to control weeds in the corn blanketing much of the Midwest. The chemical also routinely turns up in streams and drinking water . And according to a new Environmental Protection Agency preliminary risk assessment , it may be doing serious harm to fish, animals, and amphibians, even at extremely low exposure levels.  To figure whether a toxin is damaging ecosystems, EPA scientists crunch data from peer-reviewed research to establish what they call "levels of concern"—the threshold above which the chemical can be expected to cause harm. In the areas where it is most commonly used, mainly the Midwestern corn belt, atrazine turns up in the environment at rates that exceed established levels of concern "by as much as 22, 198, and 62 times for birds, mammals, and fish, respectively," the report concluded. As for amphibians like frogs, the report found "potential for chronic risk" from atrazine at real-world exposure ...
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Hundreds of toads hop free, offering hope for at-risk animal 2.6.2016 Seattle Times: Local

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wildlife officials are releasing more than 900 toads in Wyoming, saying they could help researchers find ways for the endangered species and other amphibians to resist a devastating fungus. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are freeing the toads Wednesday at three places, including the Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The […]
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Saving salamanders: Searching for signs of a deadly fungus 27.5.2016 Seattle Times: Local

SUNDERLAND, Vt. (AP) — Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer. If he finds what he’s looking for, a gruesome fate awaits the amphibian. Ulcers would cover its body, eating away the skin and killing it outright or leaving it vulnerable […]
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Saving salamanders: Searching for signs of a deadly fungus 27.5.2016 AP National
SUNDERLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Holding a sandwich bag containing a squirming, Eastern red-spotted newt, Evan Grant inspects its shiny skin for signs of a killer....
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Mark Twain's famous frogs and a long-absent turtle species make their returns to Yosemite 26.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

A type of frog made famous by Mark Twain will soon be hopping and swimming through Yosemite National Park after a decades-long absence, officials said Wednesday.

The California red-legged frog, named for its colorful legs and belly, vanished from the park more than 40 years ago. It is the type...

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Long missing frog, turtle species making return to Yosemite 26.5.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A type of frog made famous by Mark Twain will soon be hopping and swimming through California’s Yosemite National Park after a decades-long absence, officials said Wednesday. The California red-legged frog, named for its colorful legs and belly, vanished from the park more than 40 years ago. It is the type […]
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10 magical places saved by endangered species 20.5.2016 TreeHugger
In our efforts to save animals at risk of extinction, we've saved some extraordinary places as well.
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Is the EPA Being Pressured? Environmental Concerns About Syngenta Chemical Removed From EPA Site 13.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Farm equipment sprays crops. (Photo: Chafer Machinery ; Edited: LW / TO) The Environmental Protection Agency released a very troubling preliminary risk assessment that the routine use of the chemical atrazine is likely harming animals and our ecosystems. Atrazine is manufactured and distributed by  Syngenta , a foreign global chemical company, that markets the product in the US to limit plants that may compete with commodity crops or would be considered weeds on golf courses. The EPA memo that was released was hand-signed by six scientists in the US government's Environmental Risk Branch of the Environmental Fate and Effects Division. The 500+ page study was co-authored by Dr. Frank T. Farrugia, Colleen M. Rossmeisl, Dr. James A. Hetrick, and Melanie Biscoe, and was subject to peer review by twelve other scientists. Its top-line findings are "based on the results from hundreds of toxicity studies on the effects of atrazine on plants and animals, over 20 years of surface water monitoring data, and higher ...
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