Water service to be restored to 8,000 residents affected by intentional contamination

July 25th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Officials of the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) said yesterday that the company was in the process of restoring water service to 8,000 residents of two communities where the water supply was intentional contaminated with toxic chemicals by unknown suspects.   AyA said that water service would be […]

Costa Rica demands environmental studies of planned Nicaragua canal

Costa Rica demands environmental studies of planned Nicaragua canal

July 15th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The Government of Costa Rica is demanding assurances that the planned $40 billion “mega canal” in Nicaragua will not affect the flow or navigability of the San Juan and Colorado rivers.   Foreign Minister, Manuel Gonzalez sent a communiqué yesterday to his counterpart in Nicaragua, in which Costa Rica calls for […]

Limon bracing for 13-foot waves, experts issue alert

July 10th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Limon is bracing for the impact of ocean waves today that could easily reach 4 meters (13 feet) caused by a low-pressure system in the Caribbean, and authorities are warning residents and visitors to take caution.   According to Omar Lizano of the Research Center for Marine Sciences and Limnology at […]

Billion-dollar Guanacaste geothermal project approved on second reading

Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly has approved on second reading a nearly $1 billion USD geothermal energy project in Guanacaste. Lawmakers unanimously approved the project three days ago on its first reading before being sent to the Constitutional Court (Sala IV) for review.

El Niño likely to trigger extreme climate events, according to forecasters

June 27th, 2014  (VOA) The World Meteorological Organization says an El Nino is likely in the third quarter of 2014. El Nino is a weather phenomenon characterized by unusually warm ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific. The phenomenon, which recurs at two- to seven-year intervals, has a major impact on the climate around the world. […]

Tourist Police rescue ill baby dolphin from Osa beach

Tourist Police rescue ill baby dolphin from Osa beach

June 17th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Tourist Police responded to a young dolphin that had swum ashore at Playa Hermosa de Osa yesterday afternoon.   The officers initially attempted to return the dolphin to the water, but it returned to the beach minutes later.   Concerned for the animal’s health, officers contacted a veterinarian in nearby Uvita, […]

San Ramon rejects garbage incineration plan

June 11th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The municipal council of San Ramon bowed to public pressure yesterday and rejected a proposal that would have seen the city receive more than 1,000 tons of garbage per day for incineration as part of a waste-to-energy project.   The proposal by WRA Environmental Engineering, Inc. would have forced the municipality […]

Anti-Malaria plan could wipe out mosquitoes without insecticides

Anti-Malaria plan could wipe out mosquitoes without insecticides

There have been three confirmed cases of malaria in Costa Rica so far this year. By Steve Baragona June 11th, 2014 (VOA) A new way to fight malaria aims to eliminate the female mosquitoes that spread the deadly disease. Scientists have developed mosquitoes that produce almost exclusively male offspring. Females are the ones that bite. And […]

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