Freshwater Ecosystems Frog on Branch

Published on May 4th, 2012 | by Heather Carr

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Amphibian Declines in the U.S. Have Several Causes

Frog on Branch

Amphibians have been declining in the U.S. and researchers have been looking into possible causes.  Disease, deformities, and habitat loss are taking their toll on frog and toad populations worldwide.

Scientists studying U.S. amphibian populations are finding several factors come together to produce an overall decline.  Fewer trees, more algae, pesticide runoff, and other causes are reducing populations.  Interestingly, small changes in human behavior could reverse the decline.

Frog on a branch photo via Shutterstock



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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .



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