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Bye bye bugs? Scientists fear non-pest insects are declining

(AP) — A staple of summer — swarms of bugs — seems to be a thing of the past. And that's got scientists worried. Pesky mosquitoes, disease-carrying ticks, crop-munching aphids and cockroaches are doing just fine. But the more beneficial flying insects of summer —...

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...

Latin America’s largest solar park turns Mexican desert green

Driving through the endless dunes and cacti of the Chihuahuan desert in northern Mexico, a shimmering blue field suddenly appears on the horizon -- not a mirage, but the largest solar park in Latin America. This silent stretch of sand in the state of Coahuila...

Chile becomes first country in America to ban plastic bags across its entire territory

In a historic decision, Chile’s House of Representatives voted this Wednesday to ban the usage of plastic bags in all types of shops across the entire territory, making it the only country to prohibit them in the American continent. The measure was well received in...

“Ecolones” A Hit With More Than 20,000 Consumers In The First Two Weeks

More than 20,000 have registered for the "ecolones" program that pays you in exchange for separating waste and recycling it. The service launched on April 17 and its founders say the numbers in just two weeks is "really positive". What is econlones? In short, a...

Costa Rica Studies Its Land, to Keep from Losing It

(IPS) - Donald Vásquez points to the soil on a farm located in one of the most degraded basins on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica. Below, where he points with his index finger, there is a huge layer of white earth, with...

Woman Killed In Costa Rica Shark Attack Was New York Financier

The woman who was fatally attacked by a tiger shark on Thursday in the Isla del Coco has been identified as Rohina Bhandari, 49. She was a Wall Street private equity manager, a senior director at WL Ross & Co. LL, a firm founded...

Eco-tourism in Costa Rica

Nature reserves in rainforests, protection programs for threatened flora and fauna, organically farmed cacao for cocoa production - Costa Rica is known for all that, and has a reputation as an ecological role model. When I visited I tried to track down practical examples of...

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...

Costa Rica Thrives On Peace, Cooperation With East Asia

TODAY COSTA RICA (Korean Herald) Across serene and pacific Costa Rica, the military has long been a thing of a bygone era. Costa Rica renounced its military in 1948, and has since spearheaded a path of peace and development in a region perennially engrossed in...

Costa Rica Wants To Be First To Axe Single-use Plastics

  Costa Rica intends to replace these wasteful, ocean-clogging items—such as plastic store bags, straws, coffee stirrers, containers and plastic cutlery—for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials (think plant starches). The initiative is led by Costa Rica's Ministries of Health and Environment...

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...

Ecology

Q BLOGS / I have read at least twenty digital news sources not to mention our local info such as La Nación and televisions’ Teletetica. On a more global level, there have been commentaries on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC not to mention BBC referring...

Four Years After Explosion Kills Five Regulations For Gas Cylinders Non-Existent

Q COSTA RICA / It's been four years since the tragedy claimed the lives of five people, from the explosion of a propane gas cylinder in a soda (restaurant). And four years later the country still does not have regulations governing the handling and...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Costa Rica Is Depleting Its Resources

(LA NACION) In 2012, each Costa Rican used up 11% more than the country is biologically capable of providing. Every country has a limited number of natural resources (water, soil and forests) able to produce and regenerate, year after year, to meet the demands...

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