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Costa Rica seeks to free 'trapped' communities from protected area

Apr 02 2019

PUNTARENAS, Costa Rica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Forty years ago, Cornelio Benavides arrived in Villanueva, a small town on the Costa Rican Pacific coast, with hopes of prosperity.

Costa Rica launches 'unprecedented' push for zero emissions by 2050

Feb 25 2019

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Costa Rica’s president has launched an economy-wide plan to decarbonize the country by 2050, saying the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change.

Costa Rica struggles to sell insurance to climate-threatened farmers

Feb 21 2019

PIEDADES NORTE, Costa Rica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Vinicio Chaves started working in the fields 30 years ago, he never thought of insuring his coffee farm against wild weather. Now he sees it as a necessity.

Storm-shaken Costa Rica urged to shore up budget against climate shocks

Nov 28 2018

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Hurricane Otto hit Costa Rica in 2016, it was one of the most expensive disasters in the country's history, causing losses of more than $200 million, according to the government.

With drones and lasers, Costa Rica seeks to track its forests

Oct 02 2018

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Costa Rica has long monitored its forests and the carbon they hold but it hopes to soon have a cheaper and more effective way to do it: by drone.

After Nate, Costa Rica looks to measure mental health damage too

Aug 16 2018

CORRALILLO, Costa Rica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When tropical storm Nate hit Costa Rica in 2017, it lashed the Central American nation for three days. Nearly a year later, memories of the storm are still fresh for many - including for Marielos Alvarado.

With an eye on the sky, Costa Rica's farmers harvest rain to beat drought

May 10 2018

HOJANCHA, Costa Rica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers everywhere know water means life, and a lack of it can spell ruin. In Hojancha, a canton that lies about 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of the Costa Rican capital San Jose, cattle farmer Manuel Rojas understands that as well as anyone.

Costa Rica's new president promises plan to speed clean transport

Apr 30 2018

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Costa Rica will reach 200 years of independence in 2021 and the country’s new president plans to mark it with a revolution of his own: A plan to end the use of fossil fuels in transport.

Ocean warming threatens to drown Costa Rica’s whale tourism

Feb 28 2018

BAHIA BALLENA, Costa Rica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In good years, more than a hundred thousand tourists flock to this marine park on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast to see humpback whales breaching in the blue waters.

Frustrated indigenous leaders aim to start own climate fund

Jan 25 2018

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leví Sucre, an indigenous leader from the Bribri community in Costa Rica, remembers how his family used to grow beans on 5 or 6 hectares of land at their home in the Talamanca region. But that was many years ago, he says.

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