President Luis Guillermo Solis has issued an executive order banning the development of hydroelectric power plants along Costa Rica’s Pacuare and Savegre rivers for the next 25 years.
The agency that operates and manages the Panama Canal said Friday it has suspended a planned draft restriction that was scheduled to go into effect early next month, citing a sufficient amount of rainfall received in the canal’s watershed.
Sea levels worldwide have risen an average of nearly 3 inches (8 centimeters) since 1992, the result of warming waters and melting ice, a panel of NASA scientists said Wednesday. In 2013, a United Nations panel predicted sea levels would rise from 1 to 3 feet (0.3 to 0.9 meters) by the end of the century.
In 2007, Costa Rica pledged to go 100% carbon neutral by 2021.
Eight years later a handful of other countries have joined this pledge, but none with the ambitious timeline that Costa Rica—a country rich in hydroelectric and geothermal power sources—aims to meet. If it reaches this target, it will likely be the first country in the world to officially achieve carbon neutrality. So far 2015 has been a promising year in this pursuit.
Learn about some of the progress being made in this video report, courtesy of Fusion.
Costa Rica’s National Chamber of Pineapple Producers (Canapep) expects to end the year with $100 million worth of lost pineapple exports, and growers are blaming climate change which they say has been affecting the country’s agriculture sector since 2013 but has led to an especially significant increase in extreme weather in recent months.
The plight of a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle that biologists in Costa Rica rid of a plastic straw stuck in its nose highlights the need to reduce the use of the synthetic material, since 8 million tons of plastics are dumped in the oceans each year, biologist Nathan Robinson told EFE.
Turtle Island Restoration Network announced on Tuesday a new pilot program to find illegal fishing vessels within the Marine Protected Area surrounding Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Turtle Island teamed up with DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourcing platform, Tomnod.com, to create one of the first crowd sourced, digital patrols of the marine hot-spot.
A heartbreaking video making its rounds online today shows why plastic trash in the ocean is such a problem for marine wildlife.