Puerto Rico http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/20128/all en Coquí llanero, tiny frog, should be endangered species, say U.S. officials http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/coqu%C3%AD-llanero-frog-endangered-species <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. officials want to save coquí llanero, a frog the size of a toenail. </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> A teeny tiny frog the size of a toenail is under threat, and U.S. officials are trying to come to the rescue.</p> <p> U.S. environmental officials are working to give the coqu&iacute; llanero frog, a Puerto Rican tree frog, protection by listing it as an endangered species, the <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/us-officials-seek-protect-tiny-puerto-rico-frog-201327599.html">Associated Press reports.</a></p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost:<a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/the-americas/100529/jamaica-drug-violence"> Caribbean re-emerges as a drug corridor</a></strong></p> <p> The coqui llanero frog is so tiny -- about 15 millimeters long -- and has a pitch so high, it&#39;s not being heard.</p> <p> The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told AP Tuesday that it wants to designate 600 acres of wetlands in Puerto Rico as the frog&#39;s habitat. The land is currently being managed by the U.S. Department of Defense, which has tagged it for residential development, as well as the local government.</p> <p> Giving the frog endangered species designation would mean the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agency must be consulted before development occurs in the area.</p> <p> &quot;The tiny <a href="http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2011/coqui-llanero-10-11-2011.html">coqu&iacute; llanero</a> is finally on the verge of getting the protection it so desperately needs to survive,&rdquo; Jaclyn Lopez, a staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. &ldquo;Critical Endangered Species Act protection can&rsquo;t come too soon, with threats to the coqu&iacute;&rsquo;s limited habitat mounting quickly.&quot;</p> <p> The agency has <a href="http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/es/coquillanero.html">photos of the tiny frog</a> on their website.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/coqu%C3%AD-llanero-frog-endangered-species" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Puerto Rico Americas Wildlife News United States Weird Wide Web Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:45:36 +0000 5677619 at http://www.globalpost.com US report on Vieques says there's no cancer threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/us-report-vieques-says-theres-no-cancer-threat <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The US blames the fish. But local scientists aren't buying that. Neither are the sick residents. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Childress </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> For 60 years, the US Navy has used the island of Vieques, a tiny spot near Puerto Rico, as a bombing range.</p> <p> And for a long time, people who live there have complained about health problems. Like cancer.</p> <p> The US stopped its campaign in 2003, and issued a reported that said there was no real risk to the people there.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/que-pasa/us-report-vieques-says-theres-no-cancer-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Puerto Rico Vieques Politics Health United States Que pasa Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:25:35 +0000 Sarah Childress 5683809 at http://www.globalpost.com Fisherman from Puerto Rico survives 20 days at sea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/120206/fisherman-survives-20-days-at-sea Jose Luis Mendez, a Puerto Rican fisherman, survived 20 days lost at sea, the Associated Press reported.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/colombia/120206/fisherman-survives-20-days-at-sea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Puerto Rico Americas Offbeat Colombia Mon, 06 Feb 2012 21:31:00 +0000 Talia Ralph 5690613 at http://www.globalpost.com Boat sinking Dominican Rep's "worst people smuggling tragedy" in years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120208/boat-sinking-dominicans-worst-people-smuggling-tragedy-years <p> Officials described the sinking as the Dominican Republic&rsquo;s worst people smuggling tragedy in years.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120208/boat-sinking-dominicans-worst-people-smuggling-tragedy-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Dominican Republic Illegal Immigration Puerto Rico Americas United States Wed, 08 Feb 2012 22:27:00 +0000 Hélène Hofman 5690991 at http://www.globalpost.com Luring Puerto Rican addicts to the Bronx http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120509/luring-puerto-rican-addicts-the-bronx NEW YORK CITY — For much of a century, the flight routes connecting Puerto Rico and New York City have been busy with Puerto Ricans in search of a better life. But more recently, they also became a thoroughfare for drug users seeking a cure — albeit a controversial one — for their addictions.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120509/luring-puerto-rican-addicts-the-bronx" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Puerto Rico World Religion Health United States Thu, 10 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Yolanne Almanzar and Alexander Hotz 5703703 at http://www.globalpost.com Puerto Rico votes to become the 51st US state http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/121107/puerto-rico-votes-become-the-51st-us-state Amidst all the Obama re-election hoopla, you might have missed it: Puerto Rico voted on Tuesday in a referendum to become the 51st state, in a move that might entail some dramatic changes in elementary school geography books. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/121107/puerto-rico-votes-become-the-51st-us-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Puerto Rico Americas United States Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:31:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5725181 at http://www.globalpost.com