"Common Pesticides 'Can Kill Frogs Within An Hour'"

"New research suggests the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the global decline of amphibians."

"Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic global decline of amphibians.

The scientists behind the study said it was both 'astonishing' and 'alarming' that common pesticides could be so toxic at the doses approved by regulatory authorities, adding to growing criticism of how pesticides are tested.

'You would not think products registered on the market would have such a toxic effect,' said Carsten Brühl, at the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany. 'It is the simplest effect you can think of: you spray the amphibian with the pesticide and it is dead. That should translate into a dramatic effect on populations.'"

Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian January 24, 2013.

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Source: Guardian, 01/25/2013