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Costa Rica’s annual romeria pilgrimage is coming up, but the ANPA and Animal Aid Association of Cartago have a special request for your dog.

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Costa Rica’s annual romeria pilgrimage is coming up, but the National Animal Protection Association (ANPA) and Animal Aid Association of Cartago have a special request for your dog. // Posted by ANPA Costa Rica on Wednesday, July 29, 2015   “Don’t bring your dog to the Romeria,” the post reads. “The promise is...

Costa Rica is cracking down on illegal breeders. Learn how you too can help animal welfare!

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Costa Rica is cracking down on illegal breeders. Learn how you too can help animal welfare! Earlier in April, 64 dogs were seized from tragic conditions in a puppy mill in La Union, and their breeder fined. According to Cynthia Dent, executive director of Humane Society International (HSI) Latin America: “...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - The El Niño developing across the Pacific strengthened further, warming the entire region between Australia and the Americas. Sea-surface temperature data for the central and eastern tropical Pacific show more than 1 degree Celsius above average for the sixth week in a row....

Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned scientist, is coming to Costa Rica this month to spread her message of empowering individuals to protect and improve the environment for the benefit of all.

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Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-renowned scientist, is coming to Costa Rica this month to spread her message of empowering individuals to protect and improve the environment for the benefit of all. Her presentation isn't until March 23 at the Osa Field Institute, but TCRN had a chance to catch up...

Jaguars top most endangered lists in North, Central and South America

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The jaguar remains at the top of multiple endangered species lists

What’s going on? How can prices continue to rise so quickly?

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Back in March, the state utilities regulator announced that Costa Rica had met its yearly energy demand almost exclusively with renewable resources and, therefore, would be reducing electricity rates by about 12% from April. Now, April has come to an end and Coopesantos -- an electrical cooperative with over...

Costa Rica Turrialba Volcano May 5th

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Turrialba Volcano erupted Monday, May 4, 2015at 3:25 p.m. sending ash almost 3 km into the sky over San Jose, prompting the National Emergency Commission (CNE), to issue a national alert as well as causing the Juan Santamaría International Airport to close. The airport reopened at 6 am Tuesday...

Puntarenas Toxic Spill Alert Downgraded to Yellow

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Over the Labor Day weekend, a ship containing the toxic chemical, ammonia nitrate, sparked an emergency alert off the coast of the Costa Rica tourist town of Puntarenas when it sank in heavy seas. The alert was downgraded to “Yellow” on Sunday. On Saturday,...

Costa Rica has a garbage problem and it’s more complex than you think. Despite national-level efforts to make the country greener...

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Costa Rica has a garbage problem, and it’s more complex than you think. Despite national-level efforts to make Costa Rica a greener country, it seems the general population still fails to see the value in personally maintaining the environment from the harms of littering. All throughout San Jose, despite otherwise successful...

If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are.

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet...

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Costa Rica continues its quest to become the most sustainable and renewable energy country on the planet and has now powered the entire country for more than 75 days (as of the March 24th ) using only renewable energy. The country hasn't needed fossil fuel for its energy supply...

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The few rains and strong winds have affected the Honey production in Costa Rica; this situation endangers to the apiaries (bee keepers) owners and dealers of honey. For that reason, Honey imports significantly increased to meet consumer demand in Costa Rica. In 2014, the value of honey imports closed at...

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In 2014, many regions of Costa Rica experienced months of water rationing. This year has been worse. But what’s going on – don’t we live in the tropics, isn’t water abundant in rainforest regions? Blaming the Weather Doesn’t Address the Real Problem According to the Public National Meteorological Institute (IMN), the...

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After much controversy and complaints by environmentalists, the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) announced today that they will no longer issue permits for the export of shark fins until they have developed a legal document that ensures that the procurement of the product does not seriously harm the...

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The mayor of San Rafael de Heredia, Jorge Isaac Paniagua, has asked the Commission for Environmental Affairs of the Legislative Assembly to reform the Forestry Law, in order to avoid the further cutting of cypress trees. Paniagua said they must make changes to Article 28 of the 7575 Act, which...

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A project to generate hydrogen from pineapple waste headed by astronaut Franklin Chang is pending with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MICITT), but it could receive approval in two months, according to the director, Gisela Kopper. The Costa Rican scientist and president of Ad Astra Rocket noted on Thursday...

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The Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica, which since last October has maintained constant activity continues excite with new ash eruptions accompanied by seismic movements in recent days. Gino Gonzalez, a volcanologist at the National Seismological Network (RSN), said that last weekend the volcano presented two phreatic eruptions (ash and gases),...

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After installing solar panels to generate all their electricity, the Costa Rican company Florex has been able to save ¢600,000 per month. The vice president of the firm, Silvia Chaves, confirmed this incredible story on Friday's Nuestra Voz program. The installation of the panels ended December 18 and since then all the...

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Scientists at the Clodomiro Picado Institute in the University of Costa Rica are in the testing phase of a vaccine to protect livestock from the effects of snake venom. The vaccine was manufactured with toxins from snake venom, but was attenuated, so that the animal's body can generate antibodies. According to...

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The Costa Rica government has announced the development of the Acquisition Program for Efficient Vehicles (PAVE) which will promote a reduction of national energy consumption and the emissions of greenhouse gases caused by automobiles. The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) in coordination with the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR), the...

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The Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) warned that since September 2014, there have been deficiencies by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) in granting permits for the export, import and re-export of protected species included in the Convention on International Trade for Endangered Species of Fauna and...

Chile's Villarrica Erupts, Over 3,000 to be Evacuated

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The Villarrica volcano in southern Chile and one of the busiest in the country, erupted this morning, creating spectacular lava shows and requiring evacuation in the surrounding areas. The succession of orange explosions in from the crater lit up the clear night in southern Chile for about two hours and then...

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