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2010-03-01 15:39:37

Challenges evidence that global warming was the cause Scientists broadly agree that global warming may threaten the survival of many plant and animal species; but global warming did not kill the Monteverde golden toad, an often cited example of climate-triggered extinction, says a new study. The toad vanished from Costa Rica's Pacific coastal-mountain cloud forest in the late 1980s, the apparent victim of a pathogen outbreak that has wiped out dozens of other amphibians in the Americas. Many...

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2008-09-01 16:40:00

Scientists from Manchester University and Chester Zoo have ventured into Costa Rica with hopes of finding some of the world's most endangered frogs. Their journey will take them deep into the forests of Monteverde where they will be on the lookout for the rare amphibians, including the golden toad, last seen about 20 years ago. "Costa Rica's highlands used to be major biodiversity hotspots - but in many areas, amphibian populations have been completely decimated," said team leader Andrew...

2008-07-22 15:00:00

By Jonathan Allen, Fort Mill Times, S.C. Jul. 21--SAVING THE RAIN FOREST: NFHS Environmental Club at work FORT MILL TOWNSHIP -- Farms have roosters, rain forests have howler monkeys. "We woke up at 4:45 or 5 every morning to the sound of howler monkeys," Nation Ford High Spanish Teacher Deborah Bustamante says. Bustamante, one of her students, Christy Zeitler, and Zeitler's mother Lisa just returned from a 10-day trip to Costa Rica to see the nearly 17,000-acre swath of rain forest...

2008-06-16 21:00:00

The world is growing increasingly flat, with advances in transportation and technology bridging the psychological and physical gaps between points. So it is not so difficult to understand how climate change in one portion of the world could have a direct effect on the rest of us. An example that comes close to home is the link between the rain forests of Central America and the Great Lakes of North America. The weather at home depends upon both the poles and tropics, as Lynda Schneekloth,...


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2008-09-17 12:48:47

The Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes), was a small toad that was once abundant in a small region of high-altitude cloud-covered tropical forests above the city of Monteverde, Costa Rica. It inhabited an area of only about 20 square miles in area. It is now extinct possibly due to climate change brought on by global warming. This species was also known as the Monteverde Golden Toad, Monte Verde Toad, Alajuela Toad and Orange Toad. Adults males measured just about 2 inches long. Unlike most...

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