Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

June 30, 2015
In one conservation effort near Cuatro Cienegas, a  pool named Poza Escobedo, on the property of cattle rancher Alfonzo Gonzalez, was restored to its original state, leading the area around it to regenerate its humidity and lush flora and fauna.

In one conservation effort near Cuatro Cienegas, a pool named Poza Escobedo, on the property of cattle rancher Alfonzo Gonzalez, was restored to its original state, leading the area around it to regenerate its humidity and lush flora and fauna.

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Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

by Keith Schneider

A Desert Oasis That is Drying

There is virtually no surface water available in this part of the Chihuahuan Desert, an expanse of thin pads of grama grass and stands of creosote bushes and mesquite. Coahuila receives little more than 300 millimeters of rain annually (12 inches), according to Conagua. It is the second driest place in Mexico and ranks with Egypt and the Arabian Gulf as among the driest places on Earth.

That is what makes the running streams and desert marshes of Cuatro Ciénegas, a half days’ drive south of Piedras Negras, so rare and such a valuable reference for the ecological disruption and economic dislocation that can occur with mistakes in water supply and use. Until three decades ago the 215-year-old farming community was a farm and business hub set amid a thriving oasis where vineyards and orchards of pomegranate, walnuts, and peaches were irrigated with water drawn from clear, spring-fed streams and pools.

In one conservation effort near Cuatro Ciénegas, a  pool was restored, leading to the recovery of riparian vegetation. Despite management oversight since the mid-1990s by Mexico’s national parks agency and designation as an international biosphere reserve, Cuatro Ciénegas is steadily drying up. Photo © Janet Jarman/Circle of Blue.

Outside town, thick stands of marsh grasses grew as tall as a man. In the 1960s, Mexican and American biologists and ecologists began to swarm across the 150,000 hectares (370,000 acres) of desert pools and wetlands, discovering a biological treasure of plants and animals so abundant and distinctive they likened Cuatro Ciénegas to the Galapagos Islands.

Today, despite management oversight since the mid-1990s by Mexico’s national parks agency and designation as an international biosphere reserve, Cuatro Ciénegas is steadily drying up. Vinos Vitali, a winemaker and lifelong resident, told a University of Texas video team, “There used to be a lot of water here and a lot of fruit. Now there’s no water and nothing is left.”

Alfonso Gonzalez, a rancher in town, added, “You’re seeing a crisis now because the water has not been sustainably managed.”


Amazon Launches Full Retail Operations In Mexico

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 TechCrunch

amazon_topicAmazon today formally announced its expansion into physical goods sales in Mexico. The company had previously only offered Kindle e-books on its online site which opened for Mexican customers in 2013. Today on Amazon.com.mx, Amazon will introduce a Spanish-language site featuring millions of items including consumer electronics, kitchen and home items, sports equipment, tools, baby, health and personal care products, jewelry, music, books, movies, software and more.

The company is also launching its online selling service for Mexican businesses and sellers as well as its Fulfillment by Amazon service.

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King invites Mexico to use “vast potential” of relations with Spain

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Fox News Latino

spain mexicoKing Felipe invited Mexico on Monday to take advantage of “the vitality and vast potential” of its relations with Spain, in order to strengthen ties that go beyond the spheres of politics and trade.

Felipe VI delivered that message to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on the first day of his state visit to Mexico, together with Queen Letizia.

Peña Nieto, accompanied by first lady Angelica Rivera, welcomed them at a very solemn event.

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Mexico Media Round-Up: Another Violent Month

June 30, 2015

06/60/15 Forbes

crime and drugsDuring June, 2015 Mexico’s went to the polls for mid-term elections and also witnessed a number of grisly organized crime related attacks. In May 2015 Mexico saw a month on month increase in murders for the first time in over three years, a sign that president Enrique Peña Nieto’s security strategy may not be working as smoothly as expected.

On June 1 I tweeted this article I wrote for Americas Quarterly. In the article I explain, that as organized crime groups have threatened and killed political candidates and radical protest groups promised to disrupt the election, the southwestern state of Guerrero presented unique challenges for Mexico’s June 7 mid-term election. “Security problems are certainly not isolated to Guerrero, but Guerrero does present a unique profile of challenges. The state is home to a mix of drug trafficking groups, their offshoots and affiliated street gangs, as well as militant teachers groups and armed leftist guerrilla groups,” I explained.

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Transgender immigration detainees may be housed by gender

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Associated Press

prison cell blockSANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Immigration authorities will consider housing transgender detainees based on the gender they identify with in the wake of criticism about detention conditions for the population, officials said on Monday.Detention staff should consider transgender detainees’ preferences when making decisions about housing and clothing and what pronouns should be used, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in new guidelines for the treatment of transgender detainees.

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IACHR: Mexico slow to grant access to soldiers in missing students case

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 Fox News Latino

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The group of Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, experts investigating the disappearance of 43 education students in southern Mexico last year said Monday that the government was acting slowly in granting access to soldiers from the 27th Battalion based in Iguala.

The five members of the group said in a press conference in Mexico City that they received a response from the government on Sunday that said “the state continues analyzing the source of the request.”

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US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

June 30, 2015

06/30/15 The Guardian

dictionary_spanish_englishThe United States is now the world’s second largest Spanish-speaking country after Mexico, according to a new study published by the prestigious Instituto Cervantes.

The report says there are 41 million native Spanish speakers in the US plus a further 11.6 million who are bilingual, mainly the children of Spanish-speaking immigrants. This puts the US ahead of Colombia (48 million) and Spain (46 million) and second only to Mexico (121 million).

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