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Costa Rica Ranks top place again Happy Planet Index : #1 of 151. Read more to see TCRN's summary of Costa Rica’s scores.

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Costa Rica ranks top place again with the Happy Planet Index, #1 of 151. The new Happy Planet Index (HPI) looked at 151 countries across the globe and analyze and scored them on a variety of metrics to measure life length, happiness and how sustainable lives are for the people...

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) - On July 5th, 2015, Costa Rica made an official announcement and became the 33rd country in the world to launch an Israel Allies Caucus in their parliament. The caucus was made possible by The Israel Allies Foundation, which promotes the State of Israel right...

BOMB THREAT AT US EMBASSY IN SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA

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Nearly one-hundred people stand just across the street, patient and undiscerning while waiting for the light to turn green. Confusion hit outside the U.S. Embassy today when when national and international visitors were instructed first to move down the road and then across the street to await further instruction. The...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – This week in Geneva, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera called for information on environmental impact from Nicaragua regarding the planned $50 billion canal project - formally called the Nicaraguan Canal and Development Project. Construction of the Nicaragua Canal is financed and will...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - On June 8, 2015, Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís addressed the UN in Geneva. Solis called on the world’s developed nations to understand the importance and value of providing more economic support to developing countries to reduce global climate change impact. Solis said...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - Costa Rica and China first officially established diplomatic ties in 2007 and their relationship has been developing exponentially ever since. Costa Rica is the only Central American country with which China has official diplomatic ties. As a result, bilateral trade grew to $5.3...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - Costa Rica has approved its first Gay Common Law Marriage and become the first country in Central America to do so. Gerald Castro, 37, and Cristian Zamora, 45, began their legal battle for recognition in 2013, and were finally granted a common-law marriage...

Tremors Around Turrialba Volcano Keep Geologists on Alert

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The sleeping giant awoke in October of 2014, erupting numerous times since, causing airport closures, evacuations and national alerts. Starting Monday, May 11th, Geologists from the Observatory on Volcanology and Seismology of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), have been on alert closely monitoring Costa Rica’s active Turrialba Volcano. Monday’s activities were difficult to...

Work Continues on China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Amid Serious Opposition

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In December 2014, work began on the Nicaragua Grand Canal, a 175-mile-long canal through Nicaragua connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The Nicaragua canal could eventually service 5 percent of the world’s cargo traffic. Advocates of the canal state the project will bring critical jobs and deliver a significant...

Costa Rica Economy in Readjustment Phase

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - The Costa Rica economy has slowed in a readjustment phase due to a continuing global economic slowdown. First quarter 2015 production growth in Costa Rica is struggling. Annual growth in February 2015 was 2.2 percent, while the year before in 2014 it was 3.7...

Costa Rica Labor Day, State of the Nation and Legislative Changes

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May 1 was Labor Day in Costa Rica as well as an important day in the Costa Rican government and legislative body. Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly, comprised of 57 lawmakers, form a new leadership and new committees in the Assembly. Lawmakers from the ruling Citizen Action Party (PAC) secured only one...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - In March 2011, APM Terminals was awarded a 33-year concession for the development and management of the new Moin Container Terminal at Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. The $1 billion container terminal is slated for completion in 2016. APM Terminals is a private industry container...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) Latin America - The President of Bolivia, Evo Morales, recently enacted a law that proclaims the creation of Defensoría de la Madre Tierra. This law explains how to live in harmony and balance with nature, and also considers the mother earth as "sacred’’ and...

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Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano continues its active phase erupting and releasing ash a number of times on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The outburst caused 16 flights to be delayed or cancelled. Turrialba Volcano started this active phase last October, and then saw larger eruption last month and April 5, 2015....

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - In 2004, almost 47% of Costa Rica's energy came from renewable sources, today Costa Rica has gone 113 days (or 3 months, 23 days) using only renewable resources for electricity. This means the country has not had to burn fossil fuels for any...

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At 2,015 m (6,611 ft), and topped with a 500 meter wide crater, the Calbuco volcano is spectacular site, but when Calbuco rumbled awake for the first time since 1972 earlier today, authorities signaled for a Red Alert and called for evacuations. The Calbuco volcano located in the in the...

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Earth Day celebrates its 45th anniversary on April 22, 2015. Earth Day is a global event focused on environmental protection and improvement. The Earth Day Network has affiliates and partners in 192 countries all dedicated to sustainability through awareness and educational initiatives. Costa Rica is a global recognized green-friendly country...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - Take a drive along Route 27, and at Santa Ana, you’ll notice a big fence made from of bottles trapped in a net with a sign that reads: The truth always comes out. The work of 3,500 plastic bottles by artist Francesco Bracci, represents...

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According to a new report, pineapple prices have climbed to their highest levels in almost three years and unfavorable weather conditions in Costa Rica is to blame. Costa Rica is one of the world’s biggest growers and exporter of pineapples responsible for almost 90 % of global supply. The Grocer...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - Forming the land bridge between the North and American continents, Costa Rica is a bio-geographical corridor brimming with life, mystical landscapes and stunning natural wonders. About the size of West Virginia, this mountainous, rain forest country boasts an incredible 500,000 different species, almost...

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The Costa Rica News (TCRN) - I had swum through a lagoon, struggled against the cascading pressure of the Earth’s most abundant compound, and pulled my body along the wall of a shallow cave to view the rainforest through streams of water. It was 7:30 a.m. and I was...

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