30 Apr '11, 1am

Follow the Evidence and Save the Frogs

Follow the Evidence and Save the Frogs

In Tuesday’s Huffington Post Jon Entine, a visiting fellow with the conservative American Enterprise Institute, attacks the link between the decline of frogs globally and pesticide use. As Jon rightly notes, worldwide the biggest problem facing frogs today is the spread of the invasive “chytrid fungus,” which my colleague Josh Mogerman writes about here . But I think Jon is way off base when he denies the connection between water pollutions--specifically pesticide pollution--and frog health. Jon says: Pesticides are concentrated in agricultural areas, which by and large are nowhere near sizable amphibian habitats. The pesticides-are-dangerous theory rests on the credibility of the research of controversial University of California endocrinologist Tyrone Hayes . He's published numerous studies purporting to show that clawed frogs exposed to low doses of atrazine produce mal...

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