Friday, January 8, 2010

What's Killing the Bats, Bees and Frogs?

Over the past decade, bats, bees and frogs have been dying at an alarming rate. At first, the mass deaths completely puzzled scientists, but now different theories have emerged to help explain the occurrences.

An article published online yesterday in Yale Environment 360, a journal of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, highlights one theory: “Behind Mass Die-Offs, Pesticides Lurk as Culprit.”

Click here to read the full article; it will only take a few minutes.

And here’s the introduction to get you thinking about how pesticides could also be affecting humans:
"In the past dozen years, three new diseases have decimated populations of amphibians, honeybees, and — most recently — bats. Increasingly, scientists suspect that low-level exposure to pesticides could be contributing to this rash of epidemics."

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