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Costa Rica News Round-up: December

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Costa Rican Scientists Test Enzyme Degrading Pollutants in Rivers

A team of scientists from the Center for Research in Environmental Pollution (CICA) of the University of Costa Rica (UCR) will begin experiments with an enzyme capable of degrading certain pollutants that reach the rivers. The enzyme Pycnoporus sanguineous strain CS43 was discovered by a research group in Monterrey and is advantageous in that it resists high temperatures and survives for more than 1,000 days. Read more 

National Geographic highlights Costa Rica in ‘Untamed Series’

For those who want a closer look at Costa Rica’s unrivaled biodiversity, National Geographic has you covered. The network released a six-part series “documenting the most diverse, iconic and unexpected animal species the country has to offer,” according to a press release from the Costa Rican Tourism Board. Read more 

Costa Rica celebrates 70 years without an army

On Saturday, December 1st, Costa Rica celebrated the 70th anniversary of the abolition of its army. Former President José Figueres Ferrer abolished the armed forces in Costa Rica on Dec. 1, 1948 following the end of the civil war that brought him to power. Current president, Carlos Alvarado addressed the country during an event to commemorate the anniversary. “It is with enormous honor and pride as a Costa Rican that I partake in this commemoration — one that is unique throughout the world,” Alvarado said. Read more

The Struggle to Saving Our Environment in Costa Rica

Each entrepreneur in Costa Rica has a unique success because most of them have a purpose to work for the defense of the environment and biodiversity. There are countless institutions, organizations, and companies dedicated to educating and generating awareness regarding the environment. But very few as the “Federation of Ecologists” who for almost 3 decades have carried out activities that defend more all the natural wonders that surround the Ticos. Read more