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(Baltimore Sun)   Scientists puzzled as to why so many frogs are croaking across the USA   ( baltimoresun.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, United States, protected areas, pathogenic fungi, Towson University, U.S. Geological Survey  
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2013-05-23 08:58:29 AM  
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Oldiron_79: miss diminutive: Oldiron_79: AverageAmericanGuy: Pollution.

Dont forget invasive species.

Or habitat loss.

People like to forget the last 2. Pollution they can blame on the 1% factory owners, but released pets and swamps drained to make new subdivisions? Those are clearly caused by 99%ers.

The pollution isn't factory owners so much anymore - it's not "point source", it's NON-point source. In other words, farms (pesticide and herbicide and fertilizer runoff - the stuff causing Lake Erie to be crappy again and causing the dead zone in the gulf), suburban and urban areas (the collective dirt, oil, rubber, and trash that runs off streets and into storm drains each day). The habitat loss is also often there as well - less big virgin habitat loss, more marginal habitat loss. That is, farms plowing under any wetland they can convert, even the edges of streams (the riparian zone). Suburbs that used to have patches of forest, well, those bits of forest get turned into more houses. This happened in both places I lived as a child, Texas and Florida. It's not just heartbreaking because the kids have nowhere to be kids and do the secret kid things kids do, but also because when you turn it all into houses, well, there is no place for the things that live in forests to live anymore.

Ultimately, we're turning it all into one big semi-urban zone. That's what Pinellas county, Florida looks like today - a giant suburb broken up highways lined with strip malls. Nature ultimately gets confined to parkland. Honolulu, where I am now, is only slightly better off because you can't build on the mountains (at least for now). But the reefs off Oahu are terrible, in Waikiki the reef is sketchy but there are at least fish (because you can't really fish off Waikiki, and part of it is officially protected), but elsewhere, particularly on the Windward side, you have better looking reefs with almost no fish (a few small ones only). Those fish have been hunted off the reef, period - in the three protected areas on Oahu, there are hundreds of fish right up to the shoreline, literally schools of fish in two feet of water 10 feet offshore.

Anyone who actually bothers to look can see what's happening. It's been happening all my life, I've seen it, it just keeps going and going. It's not just frogs, it's songbirds, fish, pretty much every living thing. It's blindingly obvious if you have even the slightest contact with nature.

The fact that people don't care, well, it's sad. This is IT, this is the only planet we have, these animals and plants are the only companions we have to share it with. But I suppose if you get your kicks on TV rather than from nature, well, who cares? You can't love what you never see and never know, and what you don't love you won't protect. And eventually, it will be gone.
2013-05-23 05:15:07 AM  
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Are not frogs very sensitive to water pollution?
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