Living on Earth: Beyond the Headlines

Peter Dykstra talks with Host Steve Curwood about how Costa Rica brought its forests back to life with aggressive measures to protect public lands, and incentives for landowners to convert from logging to participating in ecotourism.

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Costa Rica’s Monteverde faces an eco-tourism crisis

With its famed Cloud Forest closed, Monteverde fights for its life.

Sea level in Tamarindo could rise almost three feet in 80 years

By the year 2090, the estuary and mangroves that divide Tamarindo from Playa Grande will be flooded under at least another meter (about 3 feet) of water.


‘Extinct’ toad rediscovery offers hope amid amphibian apocalypse

If the Mindo harlequin toad has developed resistance to chytrid disease, that may be a sign that the global epidemic is abating.

Conflicts over Indigenous land grow more violent in Central America

Faced with government inaction, some activists try to reclaim ancestral lands on their own. Often, they pay a high price.

The secret behind Costa Rica's remarkable green transformation

By growing trees and crops together, Costa Rica has dramatically reversed deforestation.

World climate change report card: These countries are meeting goals

In the lead-up to the UN's climate change conference on Monday, we take a look at which nations are on track to meet climate goals and which are tanking.

In Costa Rica, a startup builds a model ship for a cleaner future

Once completed in late 2021, the Ceiba will use canvas sails and an electric engine instead of burning bunker fuel, the dirty staple of the modern shipping industry.


How coffee plantations affect tropical bird biodiversity

A rare look at more than 57,000 birds in Costa Rica provides new insights into how coffee plantations affect tropical bird biodiversity.

Sergio Rojas Ortiz, leader of Costa Rica’s indigenous Bribri, slain by gunmen

Ortiz was leading a movement to reclaim indigenous land from non-indigenous settlers — a fight that had resulted in numerous death threats to him and others in the past.


Tiny Costa Rica has a Green New Deal, too. It matters for the whole planet.

Costa Rica's first lady is leading a green new deal of sorts for her country. If it succeeds, it would provide a road map to others.

Costa Rica launches 'unprecedented' push for zero emissions by 2050

Costa Rica's president has launched an economy-wide plan to decarbonize the country by 2050, saying the Central American nation aims to show other nations what is possible to address climate change.


Head in the clouds: the woman scaling fresh climate change heights

For 40 years, Nalini Nadkarni has studied cloud forest in the Costa Rican town of Monteverde. Now global warming is drying out its lush hanging gardens.

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Climate change will continue to widen gaps in food security, new study finds

Countries already struggling with low crop yields will be hurt most by a warming climate.

The chemical BPA is widespread on beaches around the world

"When we lie on the beach, we're not only lying on a bed of sand but a bed of plastics."

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates: Derrick Z. Jackson

If you want to talk about the inequality in our economy, COVID-19, race, and silent violence in our cities, you need to start with environmental injustice.

Our plastic planet

While climate change remains environmental issue #1, the worries over plastic in our water, soil, food, and bodies continue to grow.

Microplastics in farm soils: A growing concern

Researchers say that more microplastics pollution is getting into farm soil than oceans—and these tiny bits are showing up in our fruits, veggies, and bodies.

Cutting edge of science

An exclusive look at important research just over the horizon that promises to impact our health and the environment

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