This story can be found in the Economist
Just 10 years after its official discovery, one of Texas' rarest amphibians is in immediate danger of extinction. That's why last week the Center for Biological Diversity and Save Our Springs Alliance filed a notice of intent to sue for emergency protections. The two-inch-long Jollyville Plateau salamander spends its entire life underwater and has experienced serious decline, as well as deformities, from urban development polluting its spring and wet-cave habitats. Now it's in more danger than ever from the city of Austin's planned construction of a water-treatment plant in the heart of its habitat. In fact, one population has already been lost to the mere drilling of a test well.
From AmphibiaWeb News:
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The New Zealand Government is trying to open important frog habitat on
the Corimandel Peninsula to mining. To raise awareness of the issue,
Phil Bishop will be giving a webinar in which he will discuss the
situation and urge people to write the NZ Gov't officials in charge of
Integrating species life-history traits and patterns of deforestation in amphibian conservation planning
From the AWeb site:
The Smithsonian is partnering with George Mason University to offer a course in amphibian monitoring and conservation next month (May 16-28), at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Virginia. The course will include lectures, lab and field exercises, and case studies.
Read more about the rediscovery of the Australian frog Litoria castanea
From the Syngenta website (10 March 2010):
"A growing body of research conducted by independent labs across the world is showing that atrazine has no effect on amphibian development."
Check out the Syngenta website for their position on atrazine and amphibians in response to Tyrone Hayes' research.
See also this news item
From the AmphibiaWeb Site:
Atrazine is the most common pesticide contaminant in ground, surface, and drinking water. It also is a potent endocrine disruptor at very low concentrations across vertebrate taxa. In a new PNAS paper, Hayes et al. (2010) showed that atrazine exposure during larval development at levels below the EPA drinking water standard can profoundly affect male Xenopus laevis (African Clawed Frog) sexual function and morphology. In the most severe cases, male frogs were completely feminized morphologically and behaviorally, producing eggs and mating with other males.