Global Warming (or not?) and Costa Rica
Mar 22, 2013
Global warming is a very real and very palpable challenge facing our world today. True, over the years it’s been a source of controversy, fear mongering and debate, but these days, it’s not so much is global warming a reality, but whether it’s being caused by man, or if it’s mother nature just going through her natural cycles. At any rate, it’s happening… slowly, but surely.
These days, it seems the most common questions heard are, “how can we stop global warming” and, “can global warming be reversed?” But perhaps a more rational question would be “how can we best survive the imminent storm at this stage of the game?”
Interestingly, Costa Rica may actually be the least effected, as far as worldwide countries go. Simply because of its physical location on the globe. Don’t get us wrong; Costa Rica will not be 100% unaffected by global warming as a whole, but because of it’s geographical layout, it will be somewhat sheltered from many of the more cataclysmic changes predicted (or already happening) around the world, due to global warming.
It’s likely, that as ocean current temperatures change; South America will observe more of a trouncing from more forceful El Niño and La Niña storms. And as we head north of Costa Rica, where the countries are more open to the Caribbean, they will likely take stronger hits from hurricanes and tropical storms.
The mountains that run through the center of Costa Rica, combined with the expansive coastlines, are the biggest protectors against possible damage that global warming could bring. The main reason has to do with the 21+ microclimates that Costa Rica already has. Since there are already such extreme variations in climate, any effect global warming has will vary from zone to zone.
Despite the various microclimates in Costa Rica, the country is essentially broken down into two parts: The Central Valley, showcasing towering mountains, majestic volcanoes and a pleasant, spring-like temperature year-round and the low-lying beach areas, sharing coasts with both the Pacific and the Caribbean. The Central Valley will feel the least of any global warming changes.
It’s no secret that water around the world is a constant concern; by no means is this a new development. However, interestingly enough, Costa Rica’s fresh water supply should be least affected based on annual rainfalls, geographical location and surrounding oceans.
Regardless of your personal views on global warming, the world is changing. Erratic, violent and unpredictable weather have become the norm over the past several years. It’s easy to try and blame these catastrophes on ‘something’… a lot easier then actually doing something to try and prevent them.
As a whole, Central America only accounts for 0.5 percent of all global greenhouse-gas emissions, with Costa Rica producing only 0.2 percent of that. On the flip-side, Costa Rica is the third most sustainable country in the world, falling only behind Iceland and Switzerland. Costa Rica has always been known as a destination for eco-tourism… but it’s only in the last several years that this has brought a more main-stream group of tourists – not just the live-off-the-land, hippy-type that may have been associated with this kind of travel in the past. Organic fruit and vegetables, reforestation projects, alternative energy, and preserving the hundreds of plant and animal life living in this spectacular country.
Where International believes that taking care of our earth is just as important as taking care of each other and ourselves, and our developer partners in Costa Rica feel the same. Both Pacific Properties in the Southern Zone and Pacific Blue Developments on the Nicoya Peninsula own thousands of acres. However, they have purposely put hundreds of acres aside to remain untouched and undeveloped, ensuring the landscape isn’t marred and that the local plant and animal life isn’t destroyed or relocated.
It’s easy for you to visit these developers and see what they’re doing to maintain Costa Rica’s environment and fight global warming as best they can! Visit their properties and homes on a Discovery Weekend…