Bleak outlook for Europe's toads
According to new research, more than half of all amphibians (frogs, toads and newts) living in Europe could go extinct within 40 years as a result of climate change, diseases and habitat destruction. Most of the animals that are predicted to go extinct are in the Meditteranean region, which is expected to get warmer and drier.
More than half of Europe's amphibians could be extinct by 2050, a team of UK researchers has warned.
Climate change, habitat destruction and disease were the main factors threatening the species' long-term survival, they added.
Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) said creatures in Italy and Iberia were at most risk.
A recent global assessment found that a third of all amphibians were at risk of being wiped off the face of the planet.