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A new species of rain frog, discovered in the Panama jungle, has been named after Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Greta Thunberg is widely known for her environmental activism. The species has been named Pristimantis gretathunbergae, popularly known as the Greta Thunberg Rainfrog. The frog was initially discovered in 2012 and was thought to be part of the already categorized Pristimantis family. However, recent DNA analysis confirmed that the frog is a new species, according to the scientific journal Zookeys. The new rain frog of the tropical amphibian was discovered by an international team of biologists led by doctors Abel Batista, from Panama, and Konrad Mebert (Switzerland) in Cerro Chucantí, a private reserve located in the province of Darién.

It was named after Greta Thunberg when conservation nonprofit The Rainforest Trust held an auction that allowed the winner to name new species. The frog was discovered at a reserve established by the conservation organization AdoptaBosque with support from Rainforest Trust. Greta, more than anyone reminds us that the future of every species on Earth depends on what we do right now to end climate change,” Rainforest Trust CEO James Deutsch said in a press release, adding they are honored to sponsor the naming of the threatened species. The Greta Thunberg Rainfrog has distinctive features that help it be identifiable from rest by its “unusually prominent black eyes, a contrasting light upper lip, commonly a single conical to the spine-like tubercle on the upper eyelid, and a giant head.

Who is Greta Thunberg?

Thunberg became well-known after she protested outside the Swedish parliament in 2018 when she was 15. She held a sign saying “School Strike for Climate” to pressure the government to meet carbon emissions targets. Her small campaign had a global effect, inspiring thousands of young people worldwide to organize their strikes. By December 2018, more than 20,000 students from the UK to Japan – had joined her by skipping school to protest. She received the first of three Nobel Peace Prize nominations for climate activism a year later.

Thunberg has received support from climate activists, scientists, and public figures. Broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough told her she has achieved things many others have failed to do, adding: “You have aroused the world. I’m very grateful to you. Prince Harry praised Thunberg’s campaigning, saying “every country, every community, every school, every friendship group, every family needs their own Greta.”

Alok Sharma, the president of the COP26 summit, has said that Thunberg’s UN speech in 2019 had made him feel “really uncomfortable” because it held up a “mirror” to his generation. But not all politicians have been as complimentary. Donald Trump tweeted that she should “work on her anger management problem” while Russian President Vladimir Putin described her as a “kind but poorly informed teenager.

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