Government agencies told to certify their carbon neutrality status

A mandate that government agencies must obtain certification of carbon neutrality was one of the actions the central government took in Nicoya Saturday.

Casa Presidencial said that the adverse impact of climate change is each time more obvious and tangible in the country.  While the Caribbean presents excess precipitation, the province of Guanacaste is in the worst drought in the last 78 years, it said.

Scientists attribute these problems to El Niño in the Pacific, but Luis Guillermo Solís is not the first president to see causation in the weather. Former president Laura Chinchilla attributed massive storm damage in Central America to climate change creating hurricanes. She joined with other presidents in the region in seeking compensation from First World countries.

The earth’s average temperature has increased 1.4 degrees F or 0.8 degree C since 1880, according to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The decree issued Saturday defines an action plan for a climate change national strategy. Government agencies are told to immediately seek certification of their carbon emissions.

There is believed to be only one private company that can perform these carbon audits.

The president also declared July 25 to be the national day of the marimba Saturday. The decree replaced one issued in 2004 that declared the day to be the national day of the marimba musician.

The xylophone-type instrument is generally identified with Guanacaste.

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