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    Costa Rica’s New President Vows ‘Emancipation’ From Dirty Transport

    Costa Rica’s New President Vows ‘Emancipation’ From Dirty Transport

    Carlos Alvarado Quesada, the president-elect of Costa Rica, plans to continue the country’s extraordinary stewardship of the environment with a pledge to decarbonize its transportation sector. On Sunday, he promised that one day Costa Rica will “celebrate its emancipation from petrol and diesel in the transportation system, replacing them with clean energy,” Climate Change News […]

    Historic Latin American Treaty Protects Environmental Activists

    Historic Latin American Treaty Protects Environmental Activists

    The people on the front lines of protecting the environment need some protection as well. According to a Feb. 2 report by Global Witness and The Guardian, 197 activists were killed in 2017 for defending their communities and natural resources against agribusiness, mining companies, infrastructure projects and poachers. The majority of these killings took place […]

    Costa Rica Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy for 300 Days

    Costa Rica Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy for 300 Days

    Costa Rica has charted another clean energy accolade. So far this year, the Central American country has run on 300 days of 100 percent power generation from renewable energy sources, according to the Costa Rican Institute of Electricity (ICE), which cited figures from the National Center for Energy Control. With six weeks left of 2017 […]

    Costa Rica Wants to Become World’s First Country to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

    Costa Rica Wants to Become World’s First Country to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

    Costa Rica wants to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.

    The Central American nation intends to replace these wasteful, ocean-clogging items—such as plastic store bags, straws, coffee stirrers, containers and plastic cutlery—for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials (think plant starches). The initiative is led by Costa Rica’s Ministries of Health and Environment and Energy with support from the United Nations […]

    The World’s Happiest and Greenest Countries

    The World’s Happiest and Greenest Countries

    By Ariana López Peña

    Costa Rica was the most environmentally advanced and happiest place on Earth last year, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Vanuatu and Vietnam. So concluded the Happy Planet Index, which recently released its 2016 ranking of “where in the world people are using ecological resources most efficiently to live long, happy lives.” That neither the U.S. nor […]

    150 Days and Counting, Costa Rica Gets All of Its Electricity From Renewables

    150 Days and Counting, Costa Rica Gets All of Its Electricity From Renewables

    Clean power superstar Costa Rica has hit another renewable energy milestone. The Central American country’s electric grid has been powered entirely by its mix of hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass for 150 days this year and counting.

    Costa Rica has a goal of only using green energy sources and carbon neutrality by 2021.Flickr Impressively, as Mashable reported, the country has not used fossil fuels for electricity for the last 76 days, from June 16 to Sept. 2, according to data from the country’s power operator, Costa Rica Electricity Institute (ICE). According to […]

    Morocco Bans Plastic Bags

    Morocco Bans Plastic Bags

    A plastic bag ban went into effect this month in Morocco, the second-largest plastic bag consumer after the U.S. But, officials say, its going to take some time for shops and retailers to get used to the new law.

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    Morocco’s ban on the production and use of plastic bags went into effect July 1 after the plastic ban bill was passed by parliament in October 2015. As the July 1 deadline approached, shop owners scrambled to find and collect reusable bags. Green campaigners, AlJazeera reported, say consumers may need years to fully comply with the ban.

    “It’s a big cultural shift with that type of broader law,” Jennie Romer, a New York-based lawyer,” told AlJazeera. “As long as the government has the motivation to really enforce that. There is a lot of potential. The government entity that is implementing it has to be completely on board in order to make that really happen in practice.”

    Morocco uses about 3 billion plastic bags a year, according to the Moroccan Industry Ministry. The U.S. uses about 100 billion a year, according to the Earth Policy Institute, and 1 trillion are used globally per year.

    https://twitter.com/GE_Institute/statuses/754340334499467265 habit. All actors need to change these habits to not have any damage in the future.”

    Morocco is ranked one of the world’s greenest countries, along with Costa Rica, Bhutan and Ethiopia. The country’s biggest achievements come in cracking down on carbon emissions and production of solar power. It is considered a green leader among developing nations.