Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Times at last notices the dying bats

Some irritating people refuse to credit the existence of an event unless news of it has been published in The New York Times. They paid little attention when, back in February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported on, and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review took notice of, a strange die-off of bats in Pennsylvania and New York State. The reporting was duly credited on this blog Feb, 20.

Now, five weeks later, The Times has finally gotten around to telling its readers about the die-off. The story has grown bigger than it was a month ago, and The Times, though it is a bit late to the party, has produced an excellent article that should persuade even the willfully ignorant that something mysterious and possibly perilous is affecting an important part of our biosphere.

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