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A first step toward carbon neutrality

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 21:53


Costa Rica is the only tropical country to boast more than half of its territory is covered in forests. Officials plan to convert land used in cattle ranching and coffee farming into more forests by planting 7 million trees in coming years as part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021.

It may have been a politically ambitious pronouncement when ex-President Oscar Arias declared in 2009 – his last year in office – that Costa Rica would become the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021. 

Other countries also declared their intentions of becoming the first carbon-neutral nation, but have since scaled back those promises or rolled back their target dates. Since 2009, observers have noted that Costa Rica likely will join them, eventually pushing back its goal by five to 10 years. 


Source : Tico Times