Thursday, October 18, 2007

Amphibians Face Extinction


Scientists were shocked to find that an entire class of organisms are at the brink of extinction. These are the amphibians. Amphibians have a harder time with global warming than mammals and other organisms, because their bodies have permeable skin that absorbs water and oxygen, and their lives depend on clean and fresh water. About 122 species of amphibians have already gone extinct, with 5,734 known species. But scientists believe that both figures could be underestimates because of all the unknown species. The latest threat, being a rapidly spreading fungal disease, is is predicted to wipe out about half the amphibian species exposed to it within six months. Chytridiomycosis, which damages the skin, is caused most by climate change and polluted water.

3 comments:

jenetta said...

i cant believe what the world is doing to these poor animals

MissJessica903 said...

i REALLY hate what we do to the animals with pollution. We need to HELP!

nikitha sai lasya said...

i pray god to save these poor animals