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Woman to again face Costa Rica court on shark finning charges

Woman to again face Costa Rica court on shark finning charges

A Puntarenas businesswoman of Taiwanese origin will once again head to Costa Rica’s criminal courts on charges of illegal shark finning, after the woman was previously acquitted of the same crime on April 7th of last year.

Costa Rica’s main international airport closed for three hours due to volcanic ash fall

Costa Rica’s main international airport closed for three hours due to volcanic ash fall

Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) was forced to close at 3:30 a.m. Monday morning due to ash fall from the Turrialba volcano, which once again belched ash that reached the country’s Central Valley and parts of the capital over the weekend and early Monday morning.

Shark fins are not illegal, Costa Rica’s environment minister reminds lawmakers

Shark fins are not illegal, Costa Rica’s environment minister reminds lawmakers

The possession and sale of shark fins, as well as fishing for sharks, is not against the law in Costa Rica, Minister of Environment and Energy, Edgar Gutierrez reminding lawmakers while appearing before Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly yesterday.

Those who fail to protect environment face divine wrath: Pope Francis

The “powerful of the Earth” will have to face God’s judgment if they fail to protect the environment, Pope Francis said on Tuesday. His comments came just months before the publication of a papal memo on climate change — an event that is eagerly awaited by many environmental activists around the globe.

Ship that sunk off Costa Rica coast with 180 tons of chemicals had no permits; spill could threaten marine life

Ship that sunk off Costa Rica coast with 180 tons of chemicals had no permits; spill could threaten marine life

A ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate which sunk and spilled its cargo into the sea near the coast of Puntarenas on Saturday did not possess valid navigation permits, Costa Rica’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPT) revealed on Monday.

Authorities took 17 hours to alert public after ship capsizes, spills 180 tons of dangerous chemical in Puntarenas

Authorities took 17 hours to alert public after ship capsizes, spills 180 tons of dangerous chemical in Puntarenas

Cracks were revealed in Costa Rica’s emergency response capabilities after a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate capsized on Saturday, spilling its contents into the sea off the crowded beaches of the port of Caldera in Puntarenas.

Costa Rica regulator proposes rates for large-scale solar generation

Costa Rica regulator proposes rates for large-scale solar generation

Costa Rica’s public utility regulator, ARESEP, has proposed wholesale rates for the large-scale generation of solar energy, a move that may bring large-scale solar projects a step closer to reality.

Early morning 5.2 temblor in Puntarenas felt through much of Central Valley

Early morning 5.2 temblor in Puntarenas felt through much of Central Valley

An earthquake measuring 5.2-magnitude on the Richter scale rattled Puntarenas early Tuesday morning.

According to the National Seismological Network (RSN), the quake struck one kilometer northeast of Arancibia, Puntarenas, at 1:33 a.m. The quake occurred at a depth of 75.6 kilometers, according to the RSN.

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