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Bathing in pollution
This year's theme is Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry, which underscores how important water access and conservation is to ensure food security.
As the 12th most populous country and a rapidly urbanizing society, the Philippines is facing a severe reduction in the quality of water sources. Nearly 60 percent of groundwater is contaminated with coliform bacteria and 31 percent of illness can be attributed to waterborne sources.
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Global frog populations have been on a steady decline since the 1950s due to habitat loss, water pollutants, invasive predators and the spread of infectious diseases such as chytridiomycosis, which is believed to be responsible for affecting 30 percent of amphibious species around the world.
Because of their intermediate position on the food chain, their delicate permeable skins and their life cycle, many biologists consider amphibians the perfect specimen for evaluating the overall health of the broader ecosystem.
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In the midst of a pressing water shortage in the country, more than 130 countries are urging participants in the U.N.'s upcoming Earth Summit — scheduled during the first half of June in Rio de Janeiro — to speed up action on providing the world's poor with access to clean water and sanitation.
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