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Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the world

Conservation efforts must include small animals. After all, they run the world

(Q24N) Humans like to think that they rule the planet and are hard wired to do so. But our stewardship has been anything but successful. The last major extinction event, 66 million years ago, was caused by a meteorite. But the next mass extinction event, which is under way right now, is our fault. Geologists […]

Use Vinegar To Get Spiders Out Of Your House

Use Vinegar To Get Spiders Out Of Your House

Two parts water and one part white vinegar will make your house free of spiders and other nasty insects TICO BULL by Rico – We are in the worst of the worst of the rainy season. And the reason why you may see a more than normal share of bugs and arachnids inside your house. […]

Penn State Assistant Professor Researching Tourism in Costa Rica

Penn State Assistant Professor Researching Tourism in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA – Noticing a lack of outdoor recreation in underdeveloped areas, Carter Hunt, a Penn State assistant professor in recreation, park and tourism management, travelled to Costa Rica to focus his research primarily on how tourism supports enviroment conservation. “It was really tourists, international tourists coming from the outside that were visiting those parks and […]

Penn State Research Guides Innovative Sustainability Initiatives in Costa Rica

Penn State Research Guides Innovative Sustainability Initiatives in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA via Penn State News – While Costa Rica is a popular vacation spot known for its beaches and biodiversity, many residents of the small Central American nation struggle to achieve economic growth. Carter Hunt, assistant professor of recreation, park and tourism management at Penn State, working with researchers at Stanford University, studies the factors […]

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

Minister of the Environment: Costa Rica Thrives on Biodiversity

(QCOSTARICA) — Although its territory accounts for only 0.03 percent of the planet’s surface, Costa Rica is home to almost 5 percent of the world’s total estimated species, enabling the government to promote a different kind of development, an official has said. In an interview with Xinhua on Thursday, a day ahead of the International […]

Could “Green” Costa Rica Go The Way of France?

Could “Green” Costa Rica Go The Way of France?

QCOSTARICA – A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels. Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building […]

Environment’s Plan Is To Remove Older Vehicles From Costa Rica’s Roads

Environment’s Plan Is To Remove Older Vehicles From Costa Rica’s Roads

QCOSTARICA – A plan by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía – MINAE) aims to remove from the roads of Costa Rica vehicles with emissions greater than 200 grams of carbon dioxide. The program, Programa de Adquisición de Vehículos Eficientes (PAVE) – Acquisition Program Efficient Vehicle in English – encourages […]

Costa Rica’s INBio Teaches U.S. How To Teach

Costa Rica’s INBio Teaches U.S. How To Teach

QCOSTARICA (iNews.co.cr) It appears that  Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio) – National Institute of Biodiversit,  is not only good at teaching the general populace about the importance of creating an ecologically sane environment but is also teaching some highly respected U.S. institutions how to teach. The Fundación Pax Natura and the Jane Goodal Institute are […]

Effects of La Niña On Frogs in Tropical Costa Rica Being Studied

Effects of La Niña On Frogs in Tropical Costa Rica Being Studied

QCOSTARICA (Phys.org) Extreme climate events such as an El Niño or La Niña weather patterns can wreak havoc on global economies, health systems, and plant and animal communities. In tropical Costa Rica, where rainfall is usually abundant, researchers from the University of New Mexico and the University of Costa Rica (UCR) set out to study […]

Costa Rica’s Desperate Green Push

Costa Rica’s Desperate Green Push

COSTA RICA NEWS (By Laura Securon Palet | OZY.COM) Newsflash: Climate change isn’t a problem just for your grandchildren. Or polar bears. The dreaded rise in temperatures is already threatening entire economies. Costa Rica knows this well. Situated in a vulnerable region, this nation is in a race against the weather to preserve its famed […]

New Flower 100% Tico!

New Flower 100% Tico!

COSTA RICA NEWS – The new flower, discovered on the banks of the Bellavista River in heavily wet Osa, is 100% Costa Rican. It is a new species of the so-called “passion flower,” Passiflora soliana, with a delicate white bloom with a green center. The new contribution to the world of flora has a blossom […]

Caterpillars In Costa Rica Disguise Themselves as Snakes

Caterpillars In Costa Rica Disguise Themselves as Snakes

If you’re wondering where the rest of this strange looking snake is, you won’t find it. That’s because it’s not a snake at all: It’s a caterpillar! These caterpillars, found in Costa Rica, actually disguise themselves as snakes to ward off predators. Pretty cool, huh? According to GrindTV, this clever caterpillar, known as the snake […]

Sea Lion Surprised Tourists in Costa Rica

Sea Lion Surprised Tourists in Costa Rica

An adult sea lion, in the area of the Parque Nacional Corcovado, in the province of Puntarenas, surprised tourists and experts causing a stir. Giovanny Morales, general manager of Casa Corcovado, said the animal was about an hour on the beach before returning to sea. “It looked like lost, misplaced,” said Morales. Jenny Asch, a […]

Italian Scientists To Study Costa Rican Forest

Italian Scientists To Study Costa Rican Forest

A team of Italian scientists are coming to Costa Rica to study a Puntarenas province forest reserve to measure Carbon flux between the forest and the atmosphere. The study hopes that it will tell us something about climate change. Headquarters of the scientists will be the newly constructed biological station snuffled into the forest. The […]

It’s Costa Rica, Isn’t Supposed To Be Hot All The Time?

It’s Costa Rica, Isn’t Supposed To Be Hot All The Time?

The early morning temperatures have been “freezing” for us here in Costa Rica, the thermometer reading dropping to as low as 11 Celsius (51 Fahrenheit). Ok, not as cold as up north in places like New York, Chicago or Toronto, but remember we don’t have heat in our homes down here. The low temperatures can […]

Robotis Competition Not Child’s Play

Robotis Competition Not Child’s Play

A total of 16 teams from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, on Tuesday operated robots in Costa Rica from their respective countries. The exercise was all part of the competition organized by the Fundación Omar Dengo (FOD), consisting of teleoperting robots located in Costa Rica, via the internet from remote locations. Although the operation […]

Used Tire Tubes Find Their Use in Tru Ekology

Used Tire Tubes Find Their Use in Tru Ekology

Press  Release – In July of 2003 Air Mail Costa Rica, S.A. became the first international courier service company to make internet shopping easy in Costa Rica.  For the first time in Costa Rica, expats and locals could shop the internet without an international credit card. There has never been a membership fee or monthly […]

Palmares Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Palmares Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

It’s been less than two weeks since the Zapote Fair, now it’s Palmares’ turn with concerts, bulls, horse parades, carnival rides, megabars and firework displays. Each year in January, Ticos make their way west to the small town of Palmares, some 35 minutes from the international airport, for the country’s most rowdy party. Palmares is […]

Rain, Winds And Cold Grip Central Valley and Caribbean

Rain, Winds And Cold Grip Central Valley and Caribbean

Thursday afternoon we were reminded that full dry or summer season is not upon us, rain, accompanied by winds and cold temperatures, blanked most of the Central Valley. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional (IMN) – national weather service – tells us that the same weather will be with us today, Friday, and for most the weekend. […]

Costa Rica Declares State of Phytosanitary Emergency

Costa Rica Declares State of Phytosanitary Emergency

The increase of pest populations in banana crops has led Costa Rican authorities to declare a state of phytosanitary emergency for one year, prompting expedited imports of bags laced with Bifenthrin and Buprofezin to help mitigate effects. A release from the Ministry of Agriculture’s State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) said the impact of Boisduval scales and […]

Costa Rica’s First Cold Spell Of The Season

Costa Rica’s First Cold Spell Of The Season

Just when you thought the rain season was gone, the rains poured on San José again. But not to worry, this is all art of the seasonal climatic changes, the first cold spell that follows the end of the rainy season. Cold winds and rain all day – it’s been raining since late Wednesday night […]

Torres The Most Contaminated River in San José

Torres The Most Contaminated River in San José

Large amounts of garbage and sewage discharged into the river Torres make it the most polluted San Jose. The Torres river runs across San José’s north side, crossing densely populated communities like downtown San José, Tibás, La Sabana and Pava. On the south side, the Tiribí and Maria Aguilar rivers, though not as contaminated, are […]

Costa Rica’s biodiverse Osa Peninsula on the verge of collapse

Costa Rica’s biodiverse Osa Peninsula on the verge of collapse

(Digital Journal) The Osa Peninsula, on the South Pacific side of Costa Rica is one of the most biologically intense places on Earth. But overfishing is depleting its resources, says Sierra Goodman, an advocate pushing to turn Osa into a Marine Protected Area (MPA). With its reputation for being one the greenest countries in the […]

2013 Set to be One of the Warmest Years Since 1850

2013 Set to be One of the Warmest Years Since 1850

Yes, you read that correctly. If the trends in the first 9 months of 2013 continue, this year will be one of the ten warmest years on record since 1850. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which says that January to September 2013 match with January to February 2003 as the seventh […]

Wave of Turtle Deaths Spreads to Costa Rica

Wave of Turtle Deaths Spreads to Costa Rica

The wave of green turtle deaths in Central America has spread to Costa Rica, where 44 of the animals were found dead along the Pacific coast. Green turtle deaths have also been reported in Nicaragua and El Salvador, with scientists suspecting that a toxin released by algae may be responsible. Experts are performing necropsies on […]

Costa Rica Aims to Sell 16 Million Tons Carbon Credits On New Exchange

Costa Rica Aims to Sell 16 Million Tons Carbon Credits On New Exchange

(Reuters) – Costa Rica expects to sell 16 million tonnes of carbon credits over eight years on its new carbon exchange –  BANCO2, Latin America’s first, a venue that allows polluters to offset their emissions with permits they can buy. Launched last month, the exchange provides a forum for tradable certificates that confer the right […]