Tuesday, January 16, 2007


THE SILENCE ON THE FROGS


The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which is lethal to frogs and other amphibians and has been causing die-offs and even extinctions elsewhere the world, has been found in Japan. Sixteen Japanese research and eco-organizations have declared a state of emergency.

The news broke 4 days ago, but I went through all 179 related news articles listed on Google News looking for a local source to post here, a Japanese perspective on the story in English, or even a local-source repetition of the stories going the foreign rounds, and couldn't find one originating here in Japan. There are articles from France, Russia, Australia, Pakistan, all over the US (even Albany NY!), but no mention in the Japan Times, The Yomiuri Daily, even Japan Today.

I hope that silence isn't echoed in the paddies over the coming summers...

"...how that single tiny resurrected life gave life to the night,"

3 comments:

Mary Lou said...

OH NO!! Guess we will know for sure come Mar 8th! That is when they all start croaking around here!

Winston said...

It's not just the loss of the friendly frogs, but also the attendant burgeoning bug populations if froggie is not there to dine on the rocks and lilypads...

Anonymous said...

NHK's English-language news service carried the news of the chytrid fungus (and conveyed the seriousness thereof) last weekend. - Dan