Two weeks of heavy rains have left at least six people dead and more than 7,000 homes damaged in Nicaragua, emergency authorities in the country announced on Sunday.
Nicaraguans are anxiously waiting for the government to make public a long-anticipated environmental impact report on the $50 billion interoceanic canal project. But while the public waits, some independent scientists have already seen the report — and aren’t happy about it.
World Environment Day, established by the United Nations, is marked every year on June 5th. And, while Costa Rica has indeed taken remarkable efforts to protect its natural environment, today is a good day to look at where improvement still needs to be made.
One of the most striking examples – and one of the most contradictory to the country’s eco-friendly image – is Costa Rica’s voracious appetite for pesticides and agrochemicals.
Protecting the planet’s oceans is not only an environmental imperative but also a sound business decision as it could add $900 billion to the global economy in a few decades, according to a study by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Creating marine protected areas (MPAs) will yield a three-fold return for every dollar invested in the exercise, the study suggests.
Nicaraguan officials this week received a long-awaited environmental impact assessment of the controversial $50 billion interoceanic canal, checking off a major to-do item for the ambitious Chinese-backed project. Authorities said the study deemed the project “viable” but didn’t release any additional details of the assessment.
The United States is expressing its concern over a proposed 15-year moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops, known as GMOs, working its way through Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly.
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 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.