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Warning From the Crisis of Deformed and Extinct Frogs, Part 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:49 AM
October 28, 2010

While some 6,700 species of frog and other amphibian populations have been declining around the world since the 1980s,  according to Wikipedia, declines have been overtly intense in the United States, in Central and South America and in Australia and Fiji.  In this country, frog populations are severely threatened in California, the Rocky Mountains and all the southwest.

 While Global Warming may be the major cause, over-development in natural environments for amphibians is also a factor.  For instance, in California Dam construction and redirection of river flows for farm irrigation has reduced native habitat of one yellow-legged frog species by over half their normal living space. 

 In addition to warmer weather, pesticides, erroneous policies from local and national governmental agencies, and loss of habitats, these animals have also been hard hit by chytridiomycosis, known as chytrid, which is a deadly fungus that has already driven over 200 of the species into extinction.  Moreover, Erica Rex, reports in The New York Times that chytrid threatens the lives of over a third of all the amphibian species.  Thus, in addition to the other hazards facing these animals, just one fungus can wipe out over two thousand species, killing millions of frogs.

 Because they believe the massive decline of amphibians is urgent, a group of scientists from around the world formed an organization called “Amphibian Ark” in 2007.   Other international organizations have joined the Ark’s efforts to keep some 6,000 species of these animals from going into extinction.  They are working to move some species to cooler areas, and to influence national governments to take more aggressive action to save frogs, by setting criteria that local officials must follow.  One scientist remarks that if action is not taken against this fungus soon, it will wipe out the entire amphibian populations around the world.  And then perhaps it would start working on other animals––and perhaps people!

 So far there is little scientific study on ways to combat this fungus.  But frogs may yet have their revenge against the human negligence allowing their demise.  In the Book of Revelation, as the Apostle John looks into the future, he sees armies from Asia marching across a dry Euphrates river preparing to attack Israel.  Then he says:  “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs [come] out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.  For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, [which] go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (16: 13-14)  Wonder why these devils decided to look like frogs?  Wonder how humans can let evil persuade them to march into the unwinnable Battle of Armageddon against God’s heavenly hosts?  Maybe it begins with the negligence of ignoring nature’s signs––like the messages of frogs!

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