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
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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?
Carla Stefaniak, from Florida, was visiting Costa Rica to celebrate her 36th birthday. She went missing on November 27 — after texting a relative that the area where she was staying was "pretty sketchy" — and never boarded her return flight the following day. Bismarck Espinosa Martinez, 32, a Nicaraguan security guard at the apartment complex in Escazu, a suburb of the capital San Jose, has been arrested on suspicion of her murder. Her blood was reportedly found in his nearby apartment. Espinosa Martinez, an illegal immigrant, is believed to have lived in Costa Rica since June. Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans live and work in neighbouring Costa Rica, which has a thriving tourist industry. Eric Horvath and his girlfriend, from Chicago, stayed in the same apartment as Carla in July after booking it through Airbnb. "When I clicked the link to an … [Read more...] about ‘I Stayed in Death Apartment’: Airbnb Guest Tells of Shock at Costa Rica Murder
A BODY has been found behind the Airbnb property in Costa Rica where a woman vanished a week ago. Officials in Costa Rica have not confirmed if the partially buried body is that of 36-year-old Carla Stefaniak from Miami. The body was found in the back of the rental property in San Jose that Stefaniak described as “pretty sketchy” in a text message to her sister-in-law last Tuesday, according to the country’s Justice Investigation Department. It had been half buried with plastic bags over it and was discovered by canines in a wooded area, NBC6 reports. The specially trained K9dogs led police to a woman’s body in the Escazu neighbourhood at noon local time, according to Spanish-language news site crhoy.com. Stefaniak travelled to Costa Rica last week to with her sister-in-law April Burton to celebrate her 36th birthday. She was due to fly home to Hallandale Beach, north of Miami, alone last Wednesday November 28 after she dropped Burton off at the airport on … [Read more...] about Body found in search for tourist who went missing from her ‘sketchy’ Costa Rica Airbnb a week ago
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