28 Feb '13, 1pm

An Emblem for Puerto Rico’s Climate Fight

Associated Press A coquí in El Yunque forest in Caimito, P.R. More on amphibians as a bellwether: Advocates for action on climate change in Puerto Rico have a mascot: the coquí, a tiny tree frog. Named for its high-pitched calls, a familiar evening serenade, the coquí is the generic name for some 14 species of frog, some only half an inch long, that long inhabited the island archipelago. Three of the species have gone extinct since the 1970s because of a warming climate and habitat loss in the densely populated territory; scientists fear that the remaining 14 will also disappear unless the authorities take quick action to preserve more land and to slow rising temperatures. Yet, as Rachel Nuwer reported here on Wednesday, the principal threat to frogs like the coquís is the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis , an organism that causes fatal skin infections in the frogs an...

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