Mexico is one of the places Americans could go on vacation. Now some are scrambling to escape a hurricane

10/06/2020

Source: CNN

(CNN) — Instead of celebrating her milestone birthday with friends in a posh Airbnb in Cancun, Mexico, one American woman is hunkering down in a hurricane shelter.
Kristyn Owens traveled from Los Angeles to Cancun to celebrate her 30th birthday in what was supposed to be a Covid-safe way in a country that allowed Americans, she told CNN.

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Hurricane Delta makes landfall in Mexico, forecast to hit US Gulf Coast on Friday

10/07/2020

Source: USA Today

Hurricane Delta hit Mexico on Wednesday morning as an extremely dangerous Category 2 storm, coming ashore near Puerto Morelos along the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The center of Delta made landfall around 6:30 a.m. EDT, with top winds of 110 mph, a strong Category 2 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Hurricane Delta now Category 2, roars at Mexico’s Yucatan

10/06/2020

Source: PBS

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane early Tuesday, packing 110 mph (175 kmh) winds on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then grow to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 as it approaches the U.S. Gulf coast.

As Delta shifted west on Monday, Cuba withdrew a hurricane warning for its western province of Pinar del Rio and replaced it with a tropical storm warning. There was also a tropical storm warning for the Cayman Islands including Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

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Tropical Storm Gamma leaves 6 dead in southern Mexico

10/05/2020

Source: Fox News

MEXICO CITY – At least six people died and thousands were evacuated in southeastern Mexico after Tropical Storm Gamma lashed the Yucatan Peninsula’s resort-studded coast with near-hurricane force winds and drenched Tabasco and Chiapas states, authorities said Sunday.

Mexico’s civil defense agency said in a statement that four of the deaths, including two children, were in Chiapas, where a landslide on a mountainous slope buried their home.

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Drought-hit Mexicans assert demands that water sharing with U.S. ends

09/20/2020

Source: U.S. News & World Report

LA BOQUILLA DAM, Mexico (Reuters) – Protesters gathered on Sunday in drought-hit northern Mexico in an attempt to retain control of a dam key to government efforts to diffuse tensions over a water sharing pact with the United States.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has been working to maintain a good relationship with U.S. President Donald Trump, said on Friday that Mexico has to comply with its obligations.

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Trees, Birds, Ponds: Mexico City’s Ancient Lake Reclaims Scrapped Airport

09/07/2020

Source: Voice of America

TEXCOCO, MEXICO – Bright green stalks of weeds are sprouting from the ground where planes were supposed to take off at a new Mexico City airport as officials let nature take over in their bid to transform the marshy swath of an ancient lake into a giant park.

The ghostly skeletons of a partly built control tower and flight terminal are recognizably in the style of Norman Foster, the British architect commissioned by Mexico’s last president to build a futuristic international airport at a cost of $13 billion on 4,800 hectares just east of the capital.

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Mexico bars shipment of glyphosate pesticide

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11/25/19 – AP News

The Mexican government says it won’t allow a 1,000-ton shipment of the pesticide glyphosate into the country, citing health and environmental concerns.

Mexico became the latest in a string of countries to announce bans on glyphosate, the active ingredient in weed killer Roundup.

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Fishing vessels pushing vaquita porpoise to extinction: U.N. treaty head

 

vaquita11/19/19 – Reuters

By Emma Farge

A rare species of porpoise is facing imminent extinction as fishing vessels appear to be flouting an international ban on them entering its last sanctuary, off the coast of Mexico, the head of a U.N. treaty said.

There are thought to be fewer than 30 vaquita porposies left worldwide, mostly due to deaths caused by entanglement in fishing nets, despite calls by conservationists and film star Leonardo DiCaprio for urgent steps to protect them.

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Mexican environment officials protest budget cuts

 

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10/13/19 – AP News

In a rare protest against his own administration, Mexico’s environment secretary decried 50% budget cuts to his agency and issued a public appeal for more funds Wednesday.

Environment Secretary Victor Toledo and the heads of ecological enforcement for almost all of Mexico’s 31 states signed an open letter appealing to all three levels of government to increase funding.

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Mexico City’s “walking fish”

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11/11/19 – BBC Travel

By Megan Frye

Frankie was missing half his face. A fungal infection had come over the little axolotl, a native amphibian of the waterways of Mexico City.

But Frankie, along with other axolotls, have a special talent. Veterinarian and axolotl researcher Erika Servín Zamora, who was also Frankie’s caregiver, said she was astounded to see the animal’s remarkable regeneration abilities that she’d read about in her studies. Within two months, Frankie had grown a new, fully functional eye, and life was back to normal in his tank at the city’s Chapultepec Zoo.

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