Long committed to the environment, Costa Rica has often been praised for making inroads on sustainability, biodiversity and other protections. The most recent headline is that Costa Rica plans to get rid of fossil fuels by 2050 . In an interview with The New York Times , the country’s first lady, urban planner Claudia Dobles, says that achieving that goal would combat a “sense of negativity and chaos” in the face of global warming. "We need to start providing answers." Although the goal seems like a big one, the tiny country lush with rainforests has already made some impressive inroads. Notably, after decades of deforestation, Costa Rica has doubled its tree cover in the last 30 years. Now, half of the country’s land surface is covered with trees. That forest cover is able to absorb a huge amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Although the story of Costa Rica’s tree cover is a bit of a roller coaster, it’s definitely on a positive climb now. In the 1940s, more than three-quarters of the country was covered in mostly tropical rainforests and other indigenous woodland, according to United Nations University . But extensive, uncontrolled logging led to severe deforestation. […]

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