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Cracks in Costa Rica’s Green Image

Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin

A cloud forest in Costa Rica. Credit:GermĂĄn Miranda/IPS.

By Daniel Zueras*

SAN JOSÉ, Nov 18, 2010 (IPS/IFEJ/TerraViva) – For many, Costa Rica embodies the notion of a country committed to taking care of its natural environment. But Costa Rican activists beg to differ, and have a list of the actions that contradict the country’s green “for-export” image.
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AUSTRALIA: Campaign to Shut ‘Dirtiest’ Power Station on Verge of Victory

Posted on 18 November 2010 by admin

Protestors call for the entire Hazelwood power station to be shut down. Credit:Stephen de Tarczynski/IPS.

By Stephen de Tarczynski

MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov 18, 2010 (IPS/TerraViva) – Environmentalists here are on the verge of a significant victory in their efforts to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution, as the Victorian state government negotiates with the owner of the country’s “dirtiest power station” to shut down the coal-fired facility.
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Summit Host CancĂșn No Model for Climate Change

Posted on 09 November 2010 by admin

Aerial view of the Moon Palace hotel, to host COP16, where an aero generator is to be installed without an environmental impact study. Credit:Courtesy of Mexican Centre for Environmental Law (CEMDA).

By Emilio Godoy*

MEXICO CITY, Nov 9, 2010 (TierramĂ©rica/TerraViva) – The beauty of the Mexican Caribbean resort city of CancĂșn may have been one reason for choosing it to host the upcoming global summit on climate change. But CancĂșn has little to recommend it as a model for adapting to the challenges posed by climate change.
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A carpenter organises a load of mahogany, precious wood seized by the authorities in the CiĂ©naga de Zapata wetlands. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPSWaves and high tides are eating away at the beaches in Costa Rica’s Cahuita National Park, where the vegetation is uprooted and washed into the sea. Credit: Diego Arguedas/IPSInformal gold mining is the main source of mercury emissions in Latin America. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma MejĂ­a/IPS.Community leader Olga Vargas and her granddaughter Valery (backs turned to the camera) chat with local residents on one of the hiking paths that the Women’s Association created in the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPS
In Quebrada Grande, the Agrarian Development Institute dedicated 119 hectares of land to forest conservation, which the Womens’ Association has been looking after for over a decade. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSThe expansion of pineapple cultivation to the north of the capital San JosĂ© has put pressure on forests in Costa Rica. There are pineapple plantations and a packing plant right behind the Quebrada Grande reserve. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSOlga Vargas next to the greenhouse with which the Quebrada Grande de Pital Women’s Association began to revitalise its sustainable business, whose priority is reforestation. Credit: Diego Arguedas Ortiz/IPSIsabel Michi carefully tends seedlings in the greenhouse on her small organic farm in the settlement of MutirĂŁo Eldorado in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Credit: FabĂ­ola Ortiz/IPS

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