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Climate culprit for frog deaths
The dramatic decline of some frog populations is directly connected to global warming, a new study claims.
The scientists looked at biodiversity hotspots in Central and South America, and found compelling links between frog extinctions and changes in temperature.
They believe the perfect conditions are being created for the spread of a fungus that is deadly to amphibians.
Between the 1980s and 1990s, almost two-thirds of the 110 known species became extinct, and a chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) has been suggested as the prime suspect.
Other factors possibly contributing to frog declines include global changes to air and water quality, and climate change. deh.gov.au