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Aerial imaging shows dramatic effects of drought on California’s trees
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Aerial imaging shows dramatic effects of drought on California’s trees

Chelsea Harvey | The Washington Post - December 29, 2015

A combination of laser-imaging technology and satellite data has shed new light on the devastating impacts of California's ongoing drought. In a study published Monday in Proceedings…

Health officials in Costa Rica to ban sky lanterns
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Health officials in Costa Rica to ban sky lanterns

L. Arias - November 6, 2015

Paper sky lanterns: They're beautiful, wildly popular and, unfortunately, a fire hazard, according to Costa Rican authorities. Health Ministry officials in coming days will enforce a new…

Nearly half of Costa Rica’s Diriá National Park consumed by wildfires
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Nearly half of Costa Rica’s Diriá National Park consumed by wildfires

L. Arias - April 22, 2015

Forest fires at Diriá National Park in Costa Rica's Guanacaste province have already consumed nearly half of the park's 5,400 hectares (13,000 acres). Wildfires started on April 5 and…

Forest fires burn more than 2,000 hectares in Guanacaste
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Forest fires burn more than 2,000 hectares in Guanacaste

Lindsay Fendt - April 11, 2015

Fierce fires have torn through more than 2,000 hectares of protected areas in four fires in Costa Rica’s northwestern province of Guanacaste this week. Officials with the National…

More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year
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Environment and Wildlife
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More than 500 hectares of protected areas destroyed by wildfires this year

L. Arias - April 8, 2015

Wildfires during the past week have consumed nearly 300 hectares within protected areas, bringing the total so far this year to some 530 hectares in 28 fires,…

Residents return after fleeing Chile port city inferno
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Residents return after fleeing Chile port city inferno

Mathilde Bellenger | AFP - March 15, 2015

VALPARAÍSO, Chile — Thousands of residents began returning to their Valparaíso homes Saturday, hours after fleeing a still-smoldering forest fire that threatened the treasured Chilean seaport city, a…

Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions
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Agriculture
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Government approves $1 million in aid to farmers affected by unusual weather conditions

L. Arias - March 4, 2015

Costa Rica’s government will allocate ₡600 million ($1.1 million) to assist farmers hit by extreme weather conditions that affected most of the country during the past year. President…

Wildfire destroys 5 hectares of Costa Rica’s Palo Verde National Park
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Environment and Wildlife
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Wildfire destroys 5 hectares of Costa Rica’s Palo Verde National Park

L. Arias - February 11, 2015

Firefighters in the northwestern province of Guanacaste worked until 3 a.m. on Wednesday to extinguish a wildfire that destroyed at least five hectares of Palo Verde National Park. The…

California fires expected to continue
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Burning up
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California fires expected to continue

Reid Wilson | The Washington Post - September 23, 2014

An unprecedented drought that has parched Northern California has led to one of the most active fire seasons on record in the U.S. state and there is…

Severe blaze extinguished in Chirripó National Park, but forest fire still rages in surrounding area
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Environment and Wildlife
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Severe blaze extinguished in Chirripó National Park, but forest fire still rages in surrounding area

Lindsay Fendt - April 9, 2014

Firefighters have extinguished a severe forest fire in Chirripó National Park in Costa Rica's southeastern region. The fire burned through a total of eight hectares of the…

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