Meet “river hugger” and environmentalist, Roger Leiva Calderon

Meet “river hugger” and environmentalist, Roger Leiva Calderon

COMMUNITY REPORTS: PEREZ ZELEDON By Carol Vaughn, ICR Community Reporter October 17th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The love that the people of Quebradas have for their pueblo is evident in their tidy gardens, trash-free roads, immaculate schools, and above all, their sparkling sage-green Quebradas River.   Water is life to these people.  They conserve and protect it […]

Lawmaker calls for moratorium on pineapple plantations; new tax on exports

Lawmaker calls for moratorium on pineapple plantations; new tax on exports

October 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Frente Amplio (FA) lawmaker, Edgardo Araya, along with several groups representing communities that claim to have suffered from environmental and other damage due to pineapple production, have presented a draft decree that would put a moratorium on the expansion of monoculture pineapple plantations for the next five years.   Araya said […]

5.3 temblor recorded in Costa Rica prior to powerful 7.3 Nicaragua earthquake

October 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of northern Nicaragua at 9:51 p.m. Monday night, killing at least one person and sparking a tsunami alert.  The epicenter was 42 miles west-southwest of Jiquilillo, according to the USGS.   The powerful earthquake was felt throughout much of Central America, including Costa Rica, […]

Costa Rica sees growth in exports of organic produce

October 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica has been able to capitalize on the increasing international demand for organic produce over the last two years, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and representatives of the National Organic Agriculture Program (PNAO).   The country saw an increase in exports of organic produce of more […]

Map shows where GMOs are planted in Costa Rica

Map shows where GMOs are planted in Costa Rica

By Fabiola Pomareda / La Voz de Guanacaste October 1st, 2014 (La Voz) The majority of farms using genetically modified cotton, corn and soy seeds, also known as GMOs, are located in Guanacaste, in the areas around Cañas, Las Juntas and Liberia, according to a map produced by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE – Servicio Fitosanitario del Estao) […]

Leaders pledge hundreds of billions of dollars to fight global warming at UN Summit

By Luis Ramirez September 24th, 2014 (VOA) The day-long United Nations Climate Summit has closed, with hundreds of billions of dollars in pledges from member states to flight global warming, but no binding agreements. U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders are calling for a new global commitment to protect the Earth from dangerous greenhouse […]

Police seize nearly 10,000 sea turtle eggs from two men in one of the biggest busts of its kind

Police seize nearly 10,000 sea turtle eggs from two men in one of the biggest busts of its kind

September 11th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Police seized 9,400 sea turtle eggs from two men traveling in a vehicle in Nicoya, Guanacaste.   The seizure was made at a checkpoint after a short chase.  Two suspects, identified by the last names Matarrita and Sequeira, were taken into custody.   The seizure marks one of the largest of […]

Ozone layer is on the road to recovery, report says

By Lisa Schlein September 11th, 2014 (VOA) GENEVA—The World Meteorological Organization reports the earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recovery by the middle of the century.  The agency says the so-called Montreal Protocol, which calls for the phase out of ozone-depleting substances is working. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) calls the 1987 Montreal Protocol […]

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