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Gruesome Shark Finning Discovery Leads To Major Legal Victory For Sharks

Gruesome Shark Finning Discovery Leads To Major Legal Victory For Sharks

Q COSTA RICA (Fusion.net) San Jose – On February 7th, a Costa Rican judge delivered the country’s first-ever prison sentence for illegal trade in shark fins. After a lengthy judicial battle, a Taiwanese-born businesswoman was sentenced to serve six months of jail time over a fishing-haul of 652 shark fins detached from the animals’ bodies, […]

Cracking the bad eggs of the turtle trade

Cracking the bad eggs of the turtle trade

(TODAY NICARAGUA) An ingenious project in Nicaragua has hatched a plan to thwart the illegal trade in sea turtle eggs by combining state-of-the-art printing with cell phone technology. Could it work? Each year, countless sea turtle eggs are poached from Nicaragua’s beaches and transported to cities across the region where they are sold as food. […]

Deadliest Year Ever For Environmental Activism

Deadliest Year Ever For Environmental Activism

(Q24N) Falling commodity prices are prompting land grabs by mining and forestry companies – often by force. That’s driving a disturbing trend: 2015 saw more murders of environmental activists than ever before. A wooden cross marks the spot where the body of environmental activist Isídio Antonio Pereira da Silva was found in Maranhão, Brazil on […]

Costa Rica Stuck In Neutral On Eco Issues

Costa Rica Stuck In Neutral On Eco Issues

(QCOSTARICA) According to a study released by the Technology University (TEC), called “Environmental Commitment of Costa Rica’s Population”, Costa Ricans are not moving forward on the environment.  The survey was also taken and published in 2010 and 2013, but the scores have only improved marginally in that time. The investigation surveyed 511 adults about their […]

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 […]

Eden Pastora: “Costa Rica is afraid (…) will put it more dredgers in San Juan in a month”

Eden Pastora: “Costa Rica is afraid (…) will put it more dredgers in San Juan in a month”

QCOSTARICA – His words never miss their mark against Costa Rica, “Costa Rica is afraid … we will have more dredgers in the San Juan in a month”, said Eden Pastora, Comandante Cero and the right-hand man of Nicaragua President, Daniel Ortega, in the Isla Calero situation. “Since the order of the ICJ to Nicaragua […]

Banana Workers’ Strike Highlights Abuses by Corporations in Costa Rica

Banana Workers’ Strike Highlights Abuses by Corporations in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA (IPS) – A strike that has brought activity to a halt since January on three major banana plantations on Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast, along the border with Panama, has highlighted the abuses in a sector in the hands of transnational corporations and has forced the governments of both countries to intervene. More than […]