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In Costa Rica, TV Dishes Broadcast Colorful Female Empowerment

Latin media company Claro hires local artists to transform satellite dishes into vibrant ads for women-run small business.

Just one of the many DIY billboards springing up across rural Costa Rica as part of the “Signs of Progress” project.

In rural Costa Rica, many citizens, especially bored housewives, would rather give up bread than their beloved TV sets. In this tiny nation of just 4.8 million, over 92% of households own boxes, which means a surplus of unsightly cable dishes.

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The Disappearing Clouds in a Costa Rican Cloud Forest

The impact of global climate change is causing the famed Costa Rican cloud forest to become cloudless

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Evidence continues to grow everyday that global climate change is not only making the planet hotter, but it is also disrupting various ecosystems all over the world. In the U.S., Maine is grappling with the issues of ocean acidification and its effect on lobsters, which the state is so famous for. In the Tileran Mountains of northern Costa Rica, the Monteverde cloud forest’s clouds are disappearing.

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Our Name Is Old, But Our Organic, Fair-Trade Store Is New

Viandas is a Spanish word that belongs to a time when all foods were whole foods.

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Viandas is an old Spanish word for food, most Spanish speaking people don’t really know it or maybe have heard it but never used it. Viandas is also the name of an organic grocery store I started in March 2012 here in San José, Costa Rica. I decided to call it that because for me it embodies a "back to basics" for everything food-related. It's a word that belongs to a time when all foods were whole foods, there were no pesticides, goods weren’t over-packaged and being wasteful wasn’t the norm.

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