Claim: Common pesticides ‘can kill frogs within an hour’

So after 70 years of widespread pesticide use, why are there any frogs alive?

“Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic decline of amphibians around the world.” [The Guardian]

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9 responses to “Claim: Common pesticides ‘can kill frogs within an hour’

  1. And at what dosage level are they being exposed to compared to the level in their pond…..

  2. It is interesting that frogs in England live in plowed fields. Wouldn’t have thought it.
    Don’t let people in Hawaii read this or they might test it on those pesky non-indigenous tree frogs that took over the island.

  3. So concerned about frogs when it comes to pesticides, but dead silence when it comes to estrogen from birth control pills destroying frog populations. Can’t go after the sacred pill.

    • That concept was never proven, barely alleged, and the vast majority of estrogenic compounds are metabolized in the body or removed through sewage treatment. That’s the nonsense this site was originally founded to combat.

  4. Doubting Thomas

    I think you misunderstood me. I’m not referring to the validity of estrogen pollution research. I’m pointing out that the alarmists are selective about what chemicals are considered pollutants.

    Alarmists usually go ape over chemicals in the water (no matter what the concentrations) and usually use frogs as their bellwhether of environmental damage. There is plenty of research (bulls**t and otherwise) that estrogens in the water are causing tadpoles to switch gender. Normally that would be enough for them to grab the ban the chemical hammer. But they are uncharacteristically silent on estrogen. No doubt in my mind they turn a blind eye for political reasons.

    • You are correct. Chemicals are only bad if the alarmists say so. You can drug your kids, drug yourself, douse yourself in perfumes, etc and that’s just fine, but drop a bit of pesticide on a field and ARGHHHHHHHHHH! Guess we know it’s not the chemicals they are trying to wipe out, don’t we?

  5. How? By drowning?

  6. Time to bring back DDT. At least no references to frog populations declining with that. Other than Rachael Carson’s imagination.

  7. Does anyone ever study if frogs populations are declining where they don’t use pesticides?

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