Are We Seeing Early Signs of a Planetary Croak?

Fri, 2008-09-26 12:25Ross Gelbspan
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Are We Seeing Early Signs of a Planetary Croak?

Half of Europe’s amphibian species could be wiped out in the next 40 years. Scientists from the Zoological Society of London say that the combined force of climate change, pollution, disease and habitat loss and degradation has left many with “nowhere to run”.

After assessing the amphibians’ prospects, they predicted that more than 50 per cent of the 81 species native to Europe faced extinction by 2050.

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No. We are not seeing early signs of planetary croak.

“Scientists from the Zoological Society of London say that the combined force of climate change, pollution, disease and habitat loss and degradation has left many with “nowhere to run”.”

Well I would like to see the empirical evidence of climate change having an influence. Given that frogs have been around longer than humans, mammals, birds and reptiles I would suggest that their ability to adapt to climate change is probably better than ours. What scientists say is not automatically truth. I am a scientist and a biologist and I think the statement by these mysterious gurus of science is no more than speculation and therefore no more informed than a lay person’s opinion.