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Laura Chinchilla’s environmental report card

A comprehensive Tico Times analysis of the environmental successes and failures by the outgoing National Liberation Party administration of Laura Chinchilla. The first part in a two part series about the future of the environment in Costa Rica.

Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt

THE HAGUE – The United Nations' top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science.

He posted on Facebook about killing a jaguar; now this young Tico could be in hot water

A photograph of a dead jaguar posted on a Costa Rican youth's Facebook profile on Tuesday has caused outrage among Ticos on social media sites.

Tourists pay up to $6,800 each to visit Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco National Park

Because of its scenic beauty on land and its great variety of marine species, German tourist Steven Almoa said Isla del Coca is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.

Isla del Coco gets a new radar station to fight drug traffickers

Park guards and coast guard officials say Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco National Park sits within a known drug-trafficking corridor that stretches from Colombia to Mexico.

6 suspects in Jairo Mora murder case receive 3 more months of preventative detention

Six of the suspects arrested for the murder of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora will remain in jail until at least May 1, the Limón Prosecutor's Office said.

New rule requires guides to accompany visitors in Corcovado National Park

An already pricey visit to Corcovado National Park on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula just got more expensive. Costa Rica's National System of Conservation Areas announced in January that starting today visitors to the country's most biodiverse national park must be accompanied by a certified guide.

Whale sharks spotted off the Osa Peninsula

It's whale shark season on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, where every January, the enormous, omnivorous creatures gather for a plankton bloom. By the end...

Park rangers, environmentalists face increasingly hostile conditions

Gold prospectors and poachers in the Osa Peninsula can be armed and dangerous, threatening rangers and conversationists alike.

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