At the meeting, Prime Minister Bainimarama reassured Ms Barr and said “Fiji will do its part in calling countries that have not done so, to sign on to the Pledge” Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama met the First Vice President (Vice President) of Costa Rica Ms Epsy Campbell Barr. Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama met the First Vice President (Vice President) of Costa Rica Epsy Campbell Barr along the margins of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Costa Rica, like Fiji is one of the 47 member states that make up the Human Rights Council. At the meeting, the First Vice President of Costa Rica congratulated Prime Minister Bainimarama on his re-appointment as Prime Minister of Fiji and his leadership on Climate Change. The First Vice President also congratulated Fiji on its inclusion in the UNHRC, the first country in the Pacific Islands to be elected into the Council as a member. In … [Read more...] about Bainimarama Meet With Costa Rica Vice President, Epsy Campbell Barr
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Costa Rica has launched an economy-wide plan to “decarbonize” the country by 2050, as the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change. Environment minister, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez, said that if the plan is achieved, his grandchildren in 2035 will have the same carbon footprint as his grandparents did in the 1940s – and by 2050 his grandchildren will have none at all. “Not only are we going to reduce that footprint but we are going to bring many benefits with it”, Rodríguez said. But Jairo Quirós, an electrical energy researcher at the University of Costa Rica, warned the plan would be challenging, and “should be viewed with some caution”. Under the roadmap launched Sunday, Costa Rica by 2050 would achieve “zero net emissions”, meaning it would produce no more emissions than it can offset through things such as maintaining and expanding its extensive forests. Such … [Read more...] about Costa Rica unveils plan to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in climate change fight
Costa Rica likes to advertise itself as an ecological paradise, where more than 98 percent of its electricity needs are met by clean energy. But in the automotive industry, it is lagging behind with just 600 out of 1.4 million private vehicles running on electricity rather than petrol or diesel. Experts believe that is about to change, though. Bernal Munoz, a director at Costa Rica's electricity institute (ICE), insists that 600 vehicles is in itself progress, having doubled the number on the roads in 2017. "We have studies done by the University of Costa Rica with mathematical models that say the growth rate will continue," Munoz told AFP. "In five years, there could be 40,000 electric vehicles." ICE is leading the way, having purchased a fleet of 100 electric vehicles to replace the same number of fuel-powered ones. "The aim of this project is to demonstrate that the electric vehicle is perfectly adapted to the topographical conditions of this country, with its rolling, mountainous … [Read more...] about Clean energy leader Costa Rica turns attention to electric cars
By "Sunday Morning" contributing videographer Judy Lehmberg. We just returned from a wonderful ten-day photo tour of the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Seeing and learning about Costa Rica got me to thinking: Why can't we all be like Costa Rica? I ask that question because Costa Rica abolished its military in 1949 and began using the money for education, health care and pensions. Can you imagine what our world would be like if all militaries were eliminated and the money was spent on education? Educated people have fewer children and care more about their environment. We might actually reverse the rate of habitat loss, the decline in animal and plant populations, and maybe even find a way to slow climate change. The world spent $1.7 trillion on the military in 2017 ($230 per person), with the U.S. spending $610 billion – more than any other country – at $1,872 per person. Just think what we could do with that money if it were used for education and other society … [Read more...] about Nature up close: Why can’t we all be like Costa Rica?
Los brotes de violencia y xenofobia contra los nicaragüenses que huyen del Gobierno de Daniel Ortega y se refugian en Costa Rica, no solo se han vivido en las calles de San José, la capital, también en las redes sociales. Perfiles de Facebook creados casi exclusivamente para difamar a los refugiados de Nicaragua, difunden información sesgada sobre susituación en Costa Rica y los señalan como los responsables de casi todos los males que aquejan al país: robos, asaltos, violaciones... La lista de acusaciones infundadas, en su mayoría, llena páginas enteras que incitan al odio y la violencia contra los migrantes. La mayoría de estas publicaciones son compartidas miles de veces por los usuarios. Perfiles como Por un nuevo ejército costarricense, Alajuelita Informada o Guardia Nacional Costarricense se hicieron muy populares en las red social después de difundir información falsa. Otras páginas que exaltan el nacionalismo … [Read more...] about Las ‘fake news’ en Costa Rica desatan la xenofobia contra los nicaragüenses