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Strong rains expected in Costa Rica this week

Costa Rica can expect torrential rain, wind gusts and lightning storms all week.

El Niño in Costa Rica: We haven’t seen the worst of it yet, say experts

The northwestern province of Guanacaste already has registered the highest deficit in rainfall since the National Meteorological Institute began keeping records in 1937.

El Niño intensifying, could rival strongest in recorded history

The presence of a strong El Niño almost ensures that 2015 will become the warmest on record for Earth and will have ripple effects on weather patterns all over the world.

Atenas: The world’s best climate explored (briefly)

When National Geographic first acknowledged Atenas for having the best weather in the world (or el mejor clima del mundo as you’ll see plastered across buses passing by), they -- perhaps inadvertently so -- opened the floodgates to shivering North Americans.

Chairman of UN climate panel quits after harassment allegation

BERLIN — Rajendra Pachauri, who supervised work on the two most detailed studies of climate change ever completed, stepped down as head of the United Nations panel examining the science after allegations he sexually harassed a colleague.

Hot in Costa Rica! 2014 breaks all records

Planet Earth set an ominous record last year as global temperatures rose to the highest level since modern measurements began, scientists said Friday in a report that heightened concerns about humanity's growing toll on the natural systems that sustain life.

High-level reinforcement for final climate push

LIMA, Peru – Ministers and the U.N. chief fly into Lima this week to bolster negotiators in a final push for consensus on key elements of a world pact to curb potentially disastrous global warming.

Costa Rica’s erupting volcanoes may help slow global warming

The October eruption of the Turrialba Volcano may have implications beyond Costa Rica. According to a new study published in the journal Geophysical Review Letters last week, small volcanic eruptions like that of Turrialba may play a big role in slowing climate change.

98 percent of Costa Ricans believe in climate change, says UN survey

Nearly every single Costa Rican surveyed by the United Nations Development Program said they agreed the climate is changing, and more than 90 percent said that humans are at least partially responsible. The survey results released Monday also showed that Costa Ricans would be willing to pay more to reduce their impact on the planet.

Obama to pledge $3 billion for new UN climate change fund

U.S. President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion to a United Nations climate-change fund that's intended to help poor nations boost renewable energy and counter the ill effects of global warming. The pledge would make the United States the largest donor to the newly established fund, which is a linchpin of efforts to secure an accord within the U.N. to combat global warming.

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