Sunday, June 19, 2005

Don't Panic!

There is a new book out about the coqui (Eleutherodactylus coqui) invasion in Hawaii. Titled "Panic in Paradise: Invasive Species Hysteria and the Hawaiian Coqui Frog War," it focuses on building a case for corruption behind the campaign to eradicate the frog from Hawaii, and is critical of the "unscientific smear campaign" (quotes are there because I am using their words, not to imply sarcasm :-)) against the coqui. The authors, Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, run the Coqui Hawaiian Integration and Reeducation Project. Sounds like an interesting read, though note that the two positive reviews are from scientists already squarely in the "there's no such thing as Invasive Species" corner. If your curiosity is piqued, you may also want to check out this editorial/advert in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, written by Singer.

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