by Kay B. Day
Remember the Great Frog Scare? Science blogger Anthony Watts (Watts Up With That?) has analyzed the reported decline in frogs attributed to various causes: the coal industry, farm practices and of course eventually global warming. Al Gore, a financier of the global warming empire, was only too happy to use the frog figure in presentations about his film ‘An Inconvenient Truth.’ We now know (thanks to a judge in the United Kingdom) Gore’s film had quite a few inconvenient untruths. As it turns out, that frog scare has a few as well.
Tree frogs are common in NE Florida. This fellow glued himself to the top rung of our patio table umbrella. He was extremely uncooperative about having his photograph made.Watts gives us good news in his post ‘What frog science can teach us about global warming.’ He writes about the dip in frog numbers, “[N]ew research has now pretty definitively linked an infection of the chytrid fungus to declines, and even local extinctions, of frog and toad species around the world.”
Perhaps the most intriguing possibility Watts notes is the transmission of the fungus by scientists who “traipsed through the woods and rainforests to study the frogs.” (more…)