Chirps of Coqui May Get Shorter As Climate Warms

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By Helen Thompson
Smithsonian Magazine
 
 

Walking around at night in Puerto Rico, you’re likely to hear the dulcet tones of the male coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui). Beloved in Puerto Rican culture, the small brown tree frogs emit loud calls to attract females and fend off other males and are an integral part of the local ecosystem.  But one thing may be putting a frog in these frog’s throats: climate change.

According to a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, rise in temperature over the last 20 years may correlate with shorter and higher pitched coqui calls in a given area. …

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Dual Language Immersion Programs – Why Are They Important For The Future?

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Anyone who felt the ice was thinning regarding the controversial nature of bilingualism education took it on the chin after the fallout from Coke’s recent Super Bowl commercial featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in eight languages. Yeah, there are still plenty of myopic folks who simply believe, “Either speak English or leave.”

Still, there are cracks in the anti-bilingual wall in terms of K-12 education with California legislators currently debating the elimination of Prop 227, which in 1998 effectively ended bilingual education in that state.

Florida International University Assistant Professor of Linguistics Phillip M. Carter told VOXXI the irony is the smoking gun in favor of bilingual education …

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