Get the ball rolling

Written by Alonso Muñoz, founder of the Campaign The Truth About Plastic

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My interest on the subject of solid waste was born several years ago. I remember one morning when I was still a student, I waited for the garbage truck to follow it and know for certain what happened to the hundreds of bags it collected, week after week, in my neighborhood. Overwhelmed with what I saw, I researched in the subject to realize that the reality was much worse than what I thought, and the more I learned, the more I became convinced of the the need to do something about it.

Willing to try, in 2012 I wrote this letter to the Managers of Coca Cola and the beer factory (Florida Bebidas) proposing a decrease of the plastic their companies introduce to the environment in their presentations of bottled water. The excessive amount of plastic is a matter of concern for many and from the day I published it, dozens of people signed it and the shared. It was thus that one month after its publication I received an email from the Coca Cola inviting me to their office to discuss the issue. Continue reading

Plastic beaches of Costa Rica

Written by Jacquelyn Burmeister, US biology student

La naturaleza no puede absorber todo lo que desechamos en ella, por más que lo intente

Since I was little I always wanted to visit Costa Rica. I was told of the wonders of its nature, like its lovely beaches, its imposing jungle and majestic volcanoes. Those were the reasons that led my interest in this land. As the years passed, and my career in Biology progressed, I gained knowledge of the environmental conservation efforts of the country on mangroves, turtles carbon neutrality. That was the decisive factor for my decision to visit your beautiful country, a country that has everything and protects it, which makes it a model for the world. Continue reading

Why would happen after an increase of 2ºC in global temperature?

Compiled by Mónica Naranjo González

In the past COP21 they talked about how we needed to make the greatest efforts to keep the planet’s temperature from rising beyond 2 ° C. They even emphasized that it would be ideal to achieve a maximum of 1.5 ° C.

1.5ºC does not seem like much. What implications would there be if we reach 2ºC? Or even 4 ° C? Here we discuss some of the possible effects that scientific projections announced, according to the course Turn Down the Heat, from the World Bank.

Let’s begin with two things

The first thing to understand is that many of the impacts that we’re experiencing today are a result of a warming of less than one degree Celsius. Everything we perceive at this time will only intensify as we approach an increase of 2 ° C. Do you remember the storms in the Pacific in 2015? 2 ° C would be no party.

La temporada de huracanes en el Pacífico del 2015 fue excepcionalmente intensa. "Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena 2015-08-30 0930Z" by NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen.

2015’s hurricane season in the Pacific was exceptionally intense. “Kilo, Ignacio and Jimena 2015-08-30 0930Z” by NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen.

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Entering 2016

In the previous three articles of this blog, Miguel Naranjo, a Costa Rican who as part of the UNFCCC helped facilitate the COP21 agreements last in Paris, told us about his experience and impressions.

This is the end of our conversation. Do we have a different world in this 2016 that has just started?

Are the agreements reached at COP binding? How will supervise each nation do your part?

The agreements are binding. The agreement establishes a mechanism to regularly review each country’s actions and plans in order to assess whether there is compliance and whether it is enough. Details are yet to be defined, but the decision to establish such a mechanism is taken. It was also agreed to establish a mechanism to verify that the developed countries provide the necessary support to developing countries (financing, technology transfer, training). Continue reading