Deciphering Water, Stone, and Movement

Deciphering Water, Stone, and Movement

In 2017, Jorge welcomed me to the headquarters of Costa Rica’s underground water agency. His supervisor had asked him to show me “the model” at work. After many years of fieldwork on water issues, I had already been introduced to many models: the mathematical model to calculate extraction rates, two different pieces of software that model aquifer flow, the regulatory model Costa Rica’s agency follows, and sponges as a preferred … [more…]

Costa Rica Decrees a Law that Designates Water as a Basic Human Right

Costa Rica Decrees a Law that Designates Water as a Basic Human Right

WATER IS AN ESSENTIAL NATURAL RESOURCE FOR ALL LIVING BEINGS

In the framework of the World Environment Day, the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, signed a law that guarantees access to water as a basic human right. In addition to being an essential and inalienable natural resource for humanity.

The Costa Rican leader stated: “The signing of this law occurs in a context of national emergency (by COVID-19), placing … [more…]

The Curse of Plastic Ocean Waste Now Part of the Cure

The Curse of Plastic Ocean Waste Now Part of the Cure

Much of the natural beauty around it remains intact but the town of Santa Teresa is no longer the undiscovered surfer’s paradise. Located near the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa was once a sleepy village but was discovered in the 2000s by adventure-seekers attracted to its white-sand beaches, consistent surf-break and world-class nature reserves within walking distance. Today, this piece of paradise is experiencing growing pains.

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