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,"
Posted by Robert Brady on Tuesday, January 16, 2007