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Costa Rica plans to become the world’s first decarbonized country

Costa Rica launched "National Decarbonization Plan 2018-2050", a plan to make the country one of the first in the world to completely "decarbonize" by 2050. At an event in San José on Sunday, February 24, President Carlos Alvarado and former UN climate Executive Secretary Christiana...

Chile to Host Next UN Climate Change Conference in 2020

Chile will host the 2020 U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP25) as decided near the end of this year’s edition in Katowice, after Brazil stepped down citing financial issues. "We will have the great responsibility of leading and advancing toward a better control of climate change...

Latest climate science must mobilize us, not paralyze us

,(OPINION) San Jose - The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations body tasked with providing scientific evidence and consensus on climate change and its implications for decision-makers and the public, has just issued its latest, long-awaited report. The challenge it presents to...

With drones and lasers, Costa Rica seeks to track its forests

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Costa Rica has long monitored its forests and the carbon they hold but it hopes to soon have a cheaper and more effective way to do it: By drone. Deep Forest, a project backed by environmental group Fundecor, semi-conductor...

Coffee farmers struggle to adapt to Colombia’s changing climate

In Colombia’s coffee-producing region of Risaralda, small trees run along the sharp incline of the Andes Mountains, carefully tended in tidy rows. Thousands of green coffee berries turn brilliant red as they ripen, ready to be harvested by hand. The steep hills here prevent...

Spain recognizes Costa Rica as a strategic ally in the region in democracy and sustainable development

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, received on Friday Spain's Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, at Casa Presidencial as part of his official tour of Latin America, where Costa Rica stands out as the only country in Central America and the Caribbean. Sánchez arrived in our country...

Thanks to Climate Change, Oranges Are the New Coffee in Costa Rica

(WRI) Coffee is core to Costa Rica's economy and its national identity. Farmers have been growing it there since the 1800s. The beans are so important that the country's history, as portrayed in the National Museum in San Jose, centers on coffee cultivation and...

Costa Rica Has A System To Measure Effective Fight Against Global Warming

The Sistema Nacional de Métrica del Cambio Climático  (Sinamecc) - National System of Metrics of Climate Change - is the tool with which Costa Rica will begin to measure the effectiveness of its fight against global warming. It is a software that will store the information...

Costa Rica, One Of Three Countries Shows How Close We Are to a Totally Green Grid

The aspiration for a 100% green electricity grid is no longer a dream. It is regularly being achieved in the real world for weeks or months on end. This development is absolutely crucial, since burning fossil fuels at the rate we are burning them...

Costa Rica’s Figueres: Illegal Fishing Goes Hand-in-Hand with Smuggling

Former President of Costa Rica, former Global Ocean Commissioner and co-founder of  Ocean Unite, Jose Maria Figueres, said in Mexico on Friday that illegal fishing not only harms the oceans, but trails other objectionable activities in its wake. “This illegal activity, in addition to damaging...

Ocean Warming Rhreatens To Drown Costa Rica´s Whale Tourism

BAHIA BALLENA, Costa Rica  - In good years, more than a hundred thousand tourists flock to this marine park on Costa Rica´s Pacific coast to see humpback whales breaching in the blue waters. But warming temperatures - driven by climate change and strengthening El Niño...

Costa Rica Drives For A New Green Goal: Electric Transport

Costa Rica this month broke the world record for the most consecutive days running on renewable energy - 300, besting record of 299 set in 2015; in 2016 the country went 271 days using only renewable energy But there´s one area where Costa Rica is...

Climatologist Warns of Mass Disasters That Could Make Whole Countries Disappear

Over 15,000 scientists from 184 countries have signed an open letter, warning of the greatest dangers to life on Earth and advocating a responsible approach to the environment. One of the signatories, German climatologist Stefan Rahmstorf, professor at the Potsdam Institute for the Study of...

The Roots of Exodus: Why Are People Compelled to Leave their Homes?

(IPS) - Facts are facts, and one of them is that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people –be they migrants or refugees—decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their...

Want To Avert The Apocalypse? Take Lessons From Costa Rica

Earlier this summer, a paper published in the journal Nature captured headlines with a rather bleak forecast. Our chances of keeping global warming below the 2C danger threshold are very, very small: only about 5%. The reason, according to the paper’s authors, is that...

Nicaragua To Join Paris Accord, Leaving Trump Alone With Syria

A fisherman throws a fishing net at Lake Cocibolca in La Virgen, Nicaragua. Photographer: Inti Ocon/AFP via Getty Images Nicaragua will reportedly join the Paris climate accord. If it does, it will leave the United States and Syria as the only two nations left refusing...

Solis Meets With Canada’s PM To Discuss Visas For Costa Ricans Among Other Topics

In the United States, among other world leaders, to address the United Nations General Assembly this week, on Wednesday Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solis met with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In the meeting, the Canadian PM offered to review the procedure for Costa...

‘Grandmother plant’: Ex-UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres Has Advice For Australia’s PM

AGL's Liddell power station, a coal-powered thermal power station, is a "grandmother" plant that shouldn't receive funds more usefully invested elsewhere to improve Australia's energy prospects, Costa Rica's own, Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations climate chief, said. Figueres, who as executive secretary of the...

Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast Pools Efforts Against Climate Change

(IPS) - Jonathan Barrantes walks between the rows of shoots, naming one by one each species in the tree nursery that he manages, in the south of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coastal region. There are fruit trees, ceibas that will take decades to grow to...

Central America Fights Climate Change with Minimal Foreign Aid

(IPS) - Despite the fact that Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, it has half-empty coffers when it comes to funding efforts against the phenomenon, in part because it receives mere crumbs in foreign aid to face the...

Why it’s not fair to lump Nicaragua with the U.S. when it comes to the Paris climate accord

The Eiffel tower is illuminated in green with the words ‘Paris Agreement is Done’ on Nov. 4, 2016. Only three UN members have opted not to sign one: Syria, Nicaragua and the United States. (Jacky Naegelen/Reuters) Nicaragua is tired of being lumped in with the...

Why isn’t Nicaragua in the Paris agreement?

    TODAY NICARAGUA - Ever since US President Donald Trump declared that he would withdraw the US from the landmark Paris climate change agreement, much has been made of the fact only two other countries have not signed up. They are Syria, and Nicaragua - but...

Why Nicaragua and Trump Are Not Allies Despite Both Opposing the Paris Agreement

So US President Donald Trump has gone ahead and decided to quit the Paris agreement on climate change. The United States is one of only three countries around the world who have refused to agree to the deal, the others being Syria and Nicaragua....

How Trump’s Environmental Policy Undermines LatAm Security

(Q24N) Insightcrime.org - US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a global agreement to fight climate change hinders efforts to tackle environmental challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, which have compounded longstanding problems related to organized crime. Trump announced on June 1 that...

Christiana Figueres: The Air Is Making Us Sick, But We Could Fix It

By Christiana Figueres (Time.com) Rising air pollution levels in our cities that impact the health of people and planet are becoming impossible to ignore. So much so that China closed the last working coal power plant in Beijing this March, paving the way to...

Costa Rican Christiana Figueres Slams The White House On US Pullout From Paris Climate Deal

Q COSTA RICA - Global reaction to the US pullout from Paris climate deal included the remarks of Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis and Christiana Figueres. Figueres, who was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change2010–2016, is the Costa Rican...

Climate Impact on Caribbean Coral Reefs May Be Mitigated If…

CAHUITA, Costa Rica (IPS) - A few dozen metres from the Caribbean beach of Puerto Vargas, where you can barely see the white foam of the waves breaking offshore, is the coral reef that is the central figure of the ocean front of the...

Nicaragua’s South Caribbean Coast Improves Readiness for Climate Change

BLUEFIELDS, Nicaragua (IPS) – The effects of climate change have hit Nicaragua’s Caribbean coastal regions hard in the last decade and have forced the authorities and local residents to take protection and adaptation measures to address the phenomenon that has gradually undermined their safety...

Cienaguita: A Town Fears That the Sea Will Steal Its Shiny New Face

Q - CIENEGUITA, Costa Rica (IPS) - Two years have gone by since the new government initiative which subsidises community works changed the face with which the coastal town of Cienaguita, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, looks out to the sea. In place of a...

Venezuela Blames Climate Change after Its Troops Invade Colombia

The government of Venezuela confirmed soldiers who invaded neighboring territory were part of a group carrying out operations to combat supposed criminal acts by Colombians near the border. (Flickr) TODAY VENEZUELA – Venezuela tried to downplay its illegal entry of troops into Colombia this week...

Nicaragua Backs Climate-change Proof Coffee

Photo Nguyen Huy Kham / ReutersTODAY NICARAGUA – Climate change has forced governments around the world to make tough decisions to guarantee their long-term survival. In Nicaragua’s case, this means swapping their prestigious Arabica beans out for hardier, more bitter Robusta beans. While coffee lovers...

Heads Up For Falling Trees And Tree Branches Due to Strong Winds

Q COSTA RICA NEWS - Falling trees and tree  branches are the result of the strong winds gripping most of the Central Valley and Central and South Pacific coasts since Monday, causing damages to vehicles, roofs and overheard wiring. Best is to keep your...

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