Saturday, May 25, 2013

canaries and frogs

Frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, because they spend part of their lives in water and part on land, are particularly sensitive to poisons in the environment. Their skins are porous and thin, offering little protection against pesticides and herbicides. They serve the same purpose for the entire world as canaries once did for coal miners.

And now amphibian populations the world over are in decline and headed rapidly toward extinction. The grim details are here. What that's telling us is if we don't radically and quickly alter our environment, we're next.

This is not a question of good politics or bad politics. We have abundant evidence through the ages that humans are incapable of governing themselves rationally. The question here is whether we've got our act sufficiently together to save our own lives, and guarantee the existence of future generations. 


5 comments:

Joe said...

In the early seventies, nature was so much richer around here. Beautiful swallowtail butterflies were practically everywhere and it was fun going down to the local creeks to do some exploring.
I guess the people who had stifled the message warning of overpopulation back then have committed crimes against humanity. Greed played a big part. A mitigating factor for many of them, however, is that they were mislead by religion.

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

Joe,, do you still have fireflies, aka lightining bugs in Ohio? I sure hope so.

Joe said...

Dave, that's a very good question. Back then, we used to catch lots of them, as they were flying, by sorta clasping them between the opening of a glass jar and its lid. There seem to be few of them around anymore. A year or two ago, they seemed to make a special appearance that brought out a neighbor kid to catch some.

Dave B, a.k.a. catboxer said...

The air around youngstown was thick with those things 60 years ago. We used tp catch jarsful of em and then take the lids off and leave the jars 0n the porch at bedtime. In the morning they'd be empty, except for the strange smell. `

Joe said...

That was a good idea to let them go before bedtime. The smell seems to be why we didn't want to touch them.