Despite being newly discovered, Hyalinobatrachium yaku already faces major challenges for its survival, including oil extraction in the region and the related water pollution, road development, habitat degradation and isolation.
While in the midst of the Habitat III conference in Ecuador, world leaders are expected to reach consensus on a 20 year urban development plan termed "New Urban Agenda." The 24-page document will be discussed among the presidents, vice presidents and ministers of the attending UN state members which will hopefully lead to sustainable cities in the future.
In a span of 12 hours two earthquakes hit the recently devastated and recovering Ecuador.
A dirty and sad dog was seen waiting for his owner to return, in the middle of their ruined home in Ecuador. It was later found out that the dog's owner was one of the casualties during the earthquake.
A lost sloth recently found itself stranded in the middle of a busy road in Ecuador, unable to make it to the other side. Transport officials quickly came to the animal's rescue, and after being checked out by a veterinarian, the sloth has been returned to the wild.
When a one-ton giant manta ray with a wingspan of 23 feet was caught last year in gill nets made by Peruvian fisherman, conservationists called for action. These treasured marine creatures are particularly vulnerable to overfishing and bycatch.
The eruption of Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano has put Quito rocket frogs at risk of extinction. To help scientists save these iconic frogs, the Amphibian Survival Alliance has launched an adopt-a-tadpole campaign.
Humboldt County, California isn't just about cannibis, and Humboldt Glacier (too) has a really serious namesake who (in the early 1800s) originated the ideas we have now about nature. A new book is about this natural historian, scientist and world explorer who influenced Darwin, Thoreau, Emerson, Goethe and people in nations around the world.
Tropical mountain regions in Ecuador face significant impacts from climate change. Over the past two hundred years, vegetation on the Chimborazo volcano in Ecuador has migrated over 500 meters upslope.
Researchers found that the presence of hawks keeps Mexican jays away from black-chinned hummingbirds' nests. The small hummingbirds fly under the hawks' radar, while the jays have to fly higher to avoid being eaten.
Ecuador is now officially in a state of emergency with an estimated 400 people already evacuated from a potential disaster zone south of the country's capital. In a Saturday address, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa explained that this is a precautionary action as the massive Cotopaxi volcano grows increasingly restless.
These 19-inch, flightless birds, the only penguins in the Northern Hemisphere, just might be better off as a result of wind and ocean current shifts in the last 30 years, a researcher says.
Social insects have smaller brain regions for central cognitive processing than solitary insects, researchers say.
Eat your heart out Johnny Appleseed. That's practically what Lorena Tapia, Ecuador's minister of environment, said on Wednesday when she announced that the country plans to plant 350,000 trees simultaneously.