Costa Rica committed to a goal of zero net emissions by 2085 in its proposal for the Paris climate talks — 64 years later than the 2021 carbon neutrality goal set by the Oscar Arias administration in 2010.
The government's initial proposal was to ban the import of used vehicles older than six years, but the used car industry bargained it up to 14 years. The Environment Ministry said the rule would help the country meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral.
In 2013, China's total carbon emissions were 14 percent less than the figures used by the U.N.'s panel of experts tasked with providing the scientific framework for global climate talks, new research shows.
The best historical precedent for the Environmental Protection Agency's action comes from Ronald Reagan. He's not exactly known as the environmental president, but he took the decisive steps toward solving an earlier air pollution problem: destruction of the ozone layer.
Costa Rica, a tiny, biodiverse Central American country that is striving to achieve carbon-neutrality in the near future, has produced its fair share of ecology-minded thinkers and actors. Among them is 25-year-old journalist Diego Arguedas Ortiz.
So far this year, Costa Rica has generated all of its electricity without burning fossil fuels. But despite the excitement, statistics from the Environment Ministry show that this achievement does little to reduce the country’s overall reliance on fossil fuels.
Chang said he's been waiting for the past seven months for the state-owned oil refinery to sign off on the final stage of a jointly-developed hydrogen fuel project. In early March, he threw in the towel.