What we've lost: The species declared extinct in 2020

Dozens of frogs, fish, orchids and other species — many unseen for decades — may no longer exist due to humanity’s destructive effects on the planet.
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Harlequin found: ‘Extinct’ toad rediscovered after 30 years

The Mindo harlequin toad, last seen in Ecuador in 1989, was feared a victim of the amphibian-killing chytrid fungus. Have other lost species survived, too?

Pandemics aren't just for people: Five disease threats to wildlife

Diseases can cause animal populations to decline or even go extinct. And they’re often worsened by environmental threats caused by people.

‘Extinct’ toad rediscovery offers hope amid amphibian apocalypse

If the Mindo harlequin toad has developed resistance to chytrid disease, that may be a sign that the global epidemic is abating.

Will climate change push these amphibians to the brink?

California newts faced the worst drought conditions in 1,200 years, but new research finds that the lack of precipitation may not have been their biggest threat.

Freshwater species are disappearing fast — this year is critical for saving them

Scientists and policymakers have developed a time-sensitive plan to help save ailing freshwater ecosystems and imperiled species. 

New debate over just how much the chytrid fungus affecting is affecting amphibians

Scientists agree that amphibians are in trouble. But a battle over the details underscores a larger debate within the scientific community.

Tropical snakes disappear as fungal outbreak decimates their prey

The chytrid fungus has devastated amphibians around the world; a new study shows it can drive their predators, like snakes, extinct as well.

How badly has Bd devastated wildlife?

Nature is clearly in crisis—but what do researchers do when they only have imperfect data on the extent of the losses?

Deadly virus detected in wild frog populations in Brazil

Researchers have detected the first case of ranavirus infection in both native frog species as well as the invasive American bullfrog in the wild in Brazil.


Cold Instinct is drawing attention to the plight of amphibians

Around 40% of all known species, or 3,200 types of amphibians, are now at risk of extinction. A new book is trying to draw attention to their plight.

Amphibian decrease associated with pollution and climate change, according to the UCR

Diseases, environmental pollution, habitat loss, and climate change point to being the main cause of the decline of these animals, says an article from the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

Climate change puts additional pressure on vulnerable frogs

Australia's frog species, already threatened by habitat destruction and disease, are being put under extra pressure by shifting rainfall and rising temperatures from climate change.


Blind creature that buries head in sand named after Donald Trump

A newly discovered blind and burrowing amphibian is to be officially named Dermophis donaldtrumpi, in recognition of the US president's climate change denial.

Audio: The true story of how 96 critically endangered sea turtle hatchlings survived New York City

The true story of how 96 critically endangered sea turtles survived a New York City beach - with a little help from some dedicated conservationists and scientists.

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Fractured: The stress of being surrounded

Jane Worthington moved her grandkids to protect them from oil and gas wells—but it didn't work. In US fracking communities, the industry's pervasiveness causes social strain and mental health problems.

Fractured: Distrustful of frackers, abandoned by regulators

"I was a total cheerleader for this industry at the beginning. Now I just want to make sure no one else makes the same mistake I did. It has ruined my life."

Fractured: Buffered from fracking but still battling pollution

A statewide network of fracking and conventional wells, pipelines, and petrochemical plants closes in on communities.

Fractured: Harmful chemicals and unknowns haunt Pennsylvanians surrounded by fracking

We tested families in fracking country for harmful chemicals and revealed unexplained exposures, sick children, and a family's "dream life" upended.

Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking scientific investigation finds western Pennsylvania families near fracking are exposed to harmful chemicals, and regulations fail to protect communities' mental, physical, and social health.

LISTEN: Kristina Marusic discusses the "Fractured" investigation

"Once they had the results of our study [families] felt like they had proof that these chemicals are in their air, their water, and making their way into their bodies."

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