Campaigners are forming an Amphibian Survival Alliance, to raise $400m and carry through a rescue strategy. More than a third of all amphibian species are said to be in peril. In a policy statement issued in the journal Science, researchers blame a number of factors including habitat loss, climate change and disease. “We have a huge crisis but I’m confident we can produce some real results,” said Simon Stuart, from Conservation International (CI).
“The questions is: how many species will we lose? Are we going to lose hundreds before we can stabilise the situation or are we going to lose just tens,” he told the BBC News website. “Time is absolutely crucial, and to beat time we need human recourses and expertise, and finance.”