"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Monday, January 21, 2008

Living on the EDGE - Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered amphibians - ZSL highlight their problems

The Guradian today reports that the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched a new conservation and fundraising initiative which aims to highlight some of the world’s most extraordinary creatures currently threatened with extinction.

The new programme assesses all amphibian species according to how Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) they are.

ZSL has identified a gigantic, ancient relative of the newt, a drawing-pin sized frog, a limbless, tentacled amphibian and a blind see-through salamander as 10 of the most endangered and is starting work to protect them

See the Guradian article and stunning gallery of the world's most endangered amphibians - plus a gallery of the UK's most endangered species - one of which the Corncrake reported seeing in 2007 on the Pennine moors.

Lord Patel has charted the discovery of some of the newer (and rarer frogs this year).

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