Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
It's Not Easy Being Green
Scientists have been asking for the last few years whether the now well-documented decline in the numbers and health of frog populations is due to parasites or pollution. New research suggests the factors may act in concert, with pesticides suppressing immunity in developing tadpoles and creating new opportunities for parasites. Although deformities didn't occur in the experiment in the absence of parasites, deformity rates rose 300 - 400% where parasites and pesticides were both present.
Here's a particularly cheering item from the report:
All of the pesticide concentrations used in the experiment were below EPA-recommended levels for safe drinking water. One of the pesticides tested was atrazine, the most heavily used agricultural herbicide in the United States, which has also been linked to reproductive deformities in other frog species.