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Costa Rica’s Shark Finning Ban Signed By President Chinchilla

Costa Rica passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.
"Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans,"
- President Laura Chinchilla

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Costa Rica’s Shark Finning Ban Signed By President Chinchilla

Source: Huffington Post, Thu October 18, 2012
Costa Rica passed a blanket ban on shark finning, in which the fins are sliced off sharks, often while they are alive, before the fish are thrown back into the ocean to die.

Jaguar conservation gets a boost in North and Central America this article opens in a new window

Source: MongaBay, Sun September 30, 2012
Jaguar conservation has received a huge boost in the past few months both in Latin America and in the U.S. An historic agreement singed between the world's leading wild cat conservation organization Panthera and the government of Costa Rica in addition to a new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposal bring renewed hope to the efforts to revive the iconic jaguar in its current habitat and return the cats to the American Southwest.

YouTube-assembled orchestra plays Carnegie Hall to sold-out crowd

Source: New York Daily News, Thu April 16, 2009
They came from 33 countries to achieve Internet history and answer the age-old question, "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

Green gauntlet this article opens in a new window

Source: BBC, Mon August 11, 2008
Costa Rica sets itself 'huge' carbon neutral target

Regrowing the rainforest

Source: MongaBay, Wed April 23, 2008
Rainforests of Costa Rica - Half a century after most of Costa Rica's rainforests were cut down, researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute took on a project that many thought was impossible - restoring a tropical rainforest ecosystem.

Rare Leatherback Turtles Gain Protection in Costa Rica

Source: National Geographic News, Sat March 15, 2008
Playa Grande, Costa Rica - As dawn breaks on Playa Grande, the light reveals shallow sand pits where leatherback sea turtles laid their eggs the night before.

Rain Power: Harvesting Energy from the Sky

Source: physorg.com, Wed January 23, 2008
Grenoble, France - Researchers who study energy harvesting see energy all around us we just need to find a way to capture that energy. One of the latest energy harvesting techniques is converting the mechanical energy from falling raindrops into electricity that can be used to power sensors and other electronics devices.

Costa Rica gets forest fund boost

Source: BBC, Sun October 21, 2007
The US and conservation groups will cut $26m (£12.8m) from Costa Rican debt in return for the country spending the same sum on forest protection.

Skies to be swept for alien life

Source: BBC News, Sat October 13, 2007
Hat Creek, California - The switch has been thrown on a telescope specifically designed to seek out alien life.

Al Gore & IPCC Share Nobel Peace Prize For 2007

Source: Scoop, Sat October 13, 2007
Oslo, Norway - The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

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