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Climate Change: This is what some places in Costa Rica may look like in 2080

Costa Rica will not escape the effects of climate change and, if the trend continues, by 2080 many parts of the Ticolandia will look dramatically different: in some cases, flooded by rising sea level and in others, almost desert-like due to high temperatures. At the...

Central American Countries Rally To Protect Threatened Forests

Central American countries are teaming up to conserve the region’s five great forests as part of a regional climate action plan released at the United Nations’ international Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid last month, the alliance behind the effort said. The coalition of...

How Costa Rica’s environment minister talks to his daughter about climate change

Do we need new, advanced technology to reduce carbon emissions? Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, Costa Rica’s Minister of Environment and Energy, says we already have the best “machine” for the job. Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils in Dubai,...

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado Makes The 2019 TIME 100 Next List

TIME magazine has recognized the environmental work of all of Costa Rica, including the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado in the magazine's launch of the 2019 TIME 100 Next, a new list that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of...

Youth propose climate actions in Costa Rica global conference

Around 70 young people kicked off a new regional climate challenge - 1,000 actions for change - on Monday, October 7, in the presence of the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr. The challenge seeks to map out more than a thousand youth-led...

Costa Rica Hosts PreCOP25

Costa Rica is host of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (PreCOP25), the most important climate change event in the world, with the participation of delegates from across the world gathering in the country to discuss...

Costa Rica: United Nations 2019 Champion of the Earth

The Emmy Awards may have had the TV industry abuzz Sunday night, but the real prize won’t be handed out until Wednesday. That’s when the United Nations crowns one country it’s Champion of the Earth, which is the UN’s highest environmental honor. This year’s champion?...

In Costa Rica, indigenous farmers change along with the climate

YORKIN, Costa Rica. With erratic rainfall in Costa Rica playing havoc with her harvest, Maura Lupario reorganised her farm to ensure it could keep feeding her family - including getting her husband to give up his harvesting job at a banana company 50km away. Like...

Fidel Castro Warned Us Of Climate Change

It was on June 12, 1992, in Río de Janeiro, Brazil, when Fidel Castro presented a brief but masterful speech during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Those present applauded, including a few heads of state who weren’t too happy with what...

Impact of climate change on global banana yields revealed

Climate change could negatively impact banana cultivation in some of the world's most important producing and exporting countries, such as Costa Rica and Ecuador, where bananas and their derived products constitute the second largest agricultural export commodity, a study has revealed. Bananas are recognized as...

Peru’s ancient water systems can help protect communities from shortages caused by climate change

Water is essential for human life, but in many parts of the world water supplies are under threat from more extreme, less predictable weather conditions due to climate change. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Peruvian Andes, where rising temperatures and receding glaciers...

Extreme drought hits Central Chile

Central Chile is in the midst of what scientists have called a Mega Drought -- an uninterrupted period of dry years since 2010, local media reported Saturday. The Chilean government has declared an agricultural emergency in parts of the country with an aim to unveil...

How will Climate Change Impact Latin America?

Regardless of whether you believe global warming is man-made or not, it’s clear that it is happening. According to NASA, the earth’s global temperature has risen by 1.62 degrees since the last 19th century, while five of the warmest summers on record have happened...

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...

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