<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: The frogs are croaking....

Friday, October 15, 2004

The frogs are croaking....

...along with a lot of other amphibians. From today's Washington Post:

"Amphibians are experiencing a precipitous decline across the globe, according to the first comprehensive world survey of the creatures, which include frogs, toads and salamanders. As many as 122 species have disappeared since 1980, and 1,900 are in danger of becoming extinct."

What's killing amphibians? George Bush. Okay, we're being disingenuous, but not by much. Researchers say the rapid drop--the equivalent of tens of thousands of years' worth of extinctions in just a century--is being caused by a range of factors that include deforestation, pollution, habitat loss, and climate change.

We need to change the way we do things on this planet, folks--starting with a regime change in this country. As Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University ecologist, says, the amphibian study shows that Bush administration officials are "destroying the working supports of our life system" by exploiting rather than conserving habitat. "They're sawing off the limb that humanity is sitting on. Without biodiversity, we'd be dead."



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