Europe’s Amphibians Face Extinction

Amphibians living in tropical regions, which traditionally boast the highest diversity of animal species, are under the biggest threat in the future, researchers say.

Half of all Europe’s frogs, toads and newts could also be driven to extinction within 40 years, their study shows.

Scientists say the rapid decline, which is much bleaker than previously thought, will affect those living in rainforests and jungle climates where they usually thrive.

Around half of amphibian species are declining, while a third are already facing extinction.

The threat, driven by climate change and loss of habitat, has been intensified by the spread of a deadly fungal disearse called chytridiomycosis.

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