Costa Rica wants a green economy

Costa Rica is the only country that has committed to make its economy "green" and to neutralize its carbon emissions before 2021.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


"If there is a country that can do it, it is Costa Rica. We have been at the forefront in matters regarding climate change for years. A big part of our electrical network comes from renewable sources. And we are in the tropics. We don't have heating problems in our homes and buildings during winter," said Sergio Musmanni, who is assisting the government of Costa Rica with the "New Strategy of Climate Change," in an interview with the BBC.

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Rainforest Alliance awards Costa Rica's NatureAir

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The New York-based Rainforest Alliance awarded Costa Rica airline NatureAir for its efforts to conserve the environment.

NatureAir is the first airline in the world to compensate its carbon emissions totally. With the money it earns from selling carbon credits, it helps conservation of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula.

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The harsh reality has forced a landmark in environmental topics, the postponement of the date for achieving its goal of carbon neutrality, abandoing the impossible target of 2021 replacing it with sometime between 2050 and 2100.

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Achim Steiner, the eloquent executive director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), believes that Mexico could take a leadership role in the new "green" economy.

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