Celebrating Costa Rica’s National Parks

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Guanacaste National Park , Costa Rica

Guanacaste National Park – photo by cyph3r

Erin Skoczylas recently posted in the Tico Times:

“Each year on August 24, Costa Rica celebrates its national parks, one of the country’s most impressive legacies. More than one-quarter of this small country’s land is protected.

The national park system was created in 1984. The country’s national parks, wildlife refuges and other protected areas make up the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), a branch of the Environment Ministry.”

Read the full article and check out all the great photos of Mata Redonda Wildlife Refuge, and Barra Honda, Palo Verde and Tenorio Volcano National Parks.

Costa Rica Celebrates 113 Days of 100-percent Renewable Energy (and Counting)

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Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park

Cat DiStasio posted a great story in the Inhabitat design blog about Costa Rica’s impressive goal of becoming the first carbon-neutral country by 2021.

“Costa Rica is much more than a lush, green tourist paradise; it’s also a green energy pioneer. The small Central American nation has generated 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources for the past 113 days, and the run isn’t over yet. The country, which draws clean energy from a variety of renewable sources, still has its sights on a full year without fossil fuels.

With a 113-day stretch of 100-percent renewable energy under its belt and several months left in the year, Costa Rica is edging closer to its target. Costa Rica could be on track to match the record set with its renewable energy production last year, which accounted for 99 percent of the country’s electricity. That included 285 days powered completely by renewable sources, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.”

Read the whole story.