Atrazine induces complete feminization and chemical castration in male African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis)
The California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense) has finally been granted protected status under the California Endangered Species Act, by a 3-2 vote of the California Fish and Game Commission on March 3, 2010. This native Californian species depends on ephemeral vernal pools for breeding, 95% of which have been lost in recent decades.
From The Economist
The idea of saving for a rainy day originated with farm hands whose work depended on the weather. Conservationists are thinking similarly about climate change and freezing the cells of threatened animals as a sort of insurance policy. One problem is that the cells of amphibians—among the animals most endangered by a warming world—have seemed almost impossible to preserve. That may change.
Read more in the Economist.
From the AmphibiaWeb site:
Although chytridiomycosis has devastated many amphibian populations worldwide, it remains unclear whether the fungal pathogen responsible (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is a new emerging pathogen or an endemic pathogen which has been exacerbated by environmental changes.
Bridging the gap between science and policy in amphibian conservation: Beyond 2010
The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. While it is a year to celebrate the planet's living systems, it is also a year to take stock of what has been achieved to curb biodiversity loss and report against the 2010 biodiversity target.