Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano comes to life in largest eruption in 150 years

Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano comes to life in largest eruption in 150 years

October 30th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupted shortly after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, in what officials are calling the most significant eruption of the volcano in 150 years.   Those who live nearby reported seismic activity and “booming sounds” that began around 11 p.m.  Some 40 minutes later the volcano erupted, belching clouds […]

PAC lawmakers believe geothermal energy is solution to high energy costs

October 30th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Citizen Action Party (PAC) lawmakers believe that significantly increasing geothermal energy generation in the country’s national parks is the best solution to lowering the country’s electricity rates.   PAC lawmakers expressed their belief that geothermal is the best solution to produce low-cost, environmentally friendly energy this week as part of a […]

Costa Rica to urge for protection of hammerhead sharks

Costa Rica to urge for protection of hammerhead sharks

October 29th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica, along with Ecuador, will propose the inclusion of the hammerhead shark as a protected species during the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).   The proposal will be discussed during the next meeting of […]

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) […]

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