Mexico is world’s deadliest spot for environmental activists

Source: AP News


VICAM, Mexico — Mexico has become the deadliest place in the world for environmental and land defense activists, according to a global survey released Wednesday, and the Yaqui Indigenous people of northern Mexico are still mourning the killing of water-defense leader Tomás Rojo found dead in June 2021.

The murder of Indigenous land defenders often conjures up images of Amazon activists killed deep in the jungle — and Colombia and Brazil still account for many of the deaths. But according to a report by the nongovernmental group Global Witness, Mexico saw 54 activists killed in 2021, compared to 33 in Colombia and 26 in Brazil. The group recorded the deaths of 200 activists worldwide in 2021.

Latin America accounted for more than two-thirds of those slayings — often of the bravest and most well-respected people in their communities.

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Mexico, US to invest nearly US $500 million in Tijuana River cleanup

Source: Mexico News Daily


Mexico and the United States will together invest almost US $500 million in a range of sewage treatment projects designed to clean up the heavily polluted Tijuana River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean just north of the border in San Diego County.

At a ceremony held earlier this month at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve in Imperial Beach, California, Mexican and U.S. officials signed an agreement that commits to funding 17 priority projects. The International Boundary and Water Commission pact pledges almost $144 million in Mexican funding and at least $330 million in U.S. spending for a total outlay of approximately $474 million.

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El agua de Balandra, la “playa más bonita de México” que pasó del turquesa a negro


Fuente: BBC News Mundo

“La imprudencia suele preceder a la calamidad”.

Los mexicanos están descubriendo la veracidad de esta frase del historiador romano Apiano, pues estos días ven cómo uno de sus tesoros naturales, la playa de Balandra, considerada la “más bonita” del país, ha sido cerrada debido a un derrame de combustible provocado por el incendio de una embarcación recreacional que, de acuerdo con la legislación nacional, no debía estar allí.


Aceleran producción de autos cero emisiones en México


Fuente: Reforma

La industria automotriz en México se enfila a la producción de autos cero emisiones, pero su reto está en lograr procesos libres de carbono antes de 2040.

Al ser el sexto productor de vehículos, su transformación debe ser rápida, con métodos de producción amigables con el medio ambiente, o el País no será destino de grandes inversiones, advirtió Harald Gottsche, presidente de BMW Group Planta San Luis Potosí.


Endangered sea cucumber ‘could be finished’ as illegal fishing carries on

Source: Mexico News Daily


Sea cucumber fishing was banned off the coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in early 2013, but almost 10 years later the marine animals are still being removed from the sea, leading to concerns that they could go extinct.

Noticias Telemundo report examines the precarious situation faced by the sea cucumber, which is a sought-after commodity in Asia — especially China — and also exported to the United States.

“The sea cucumber was not something special, until the prices began to rise a lot,” Ricardo Domínguez Cano, a Yucatán-based fisherman and diver, told Noticias Telemundo.

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Taps have run dry in Monterrey, Mexico, where there is water for factories but not for residents


Source: Los Angeles Times

Three months pregnant and queasy with morning sickness, Yasmin Acosta Ruiz pushed a cart laden with buckets of water through the scorching July heat. As she and her 7-year-old son eased the cart over a speed bump, water sloshed onto the pavement. They both winced.

Here on the outskirts of Monterrey, a sprawling industrial city that has become the face of Mexico’s water crisis, every drop counts.


Biden to expand offshore wind power in the Gulf of Mexico

Source: Electrek


US President Joe Biden today announced that his administration will pursue the development of offshore wind energy in the Gulf of Mexico, which is already a hub for oil and gas production.

Offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico

Biden made the announcement at a former coal-fired power plant in Brayton Point, Massachusetts, that will host a cable manufacturing facility to support offshore wind.

The Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico cover 700,000 acres and have the potential to power over 3 million homes. One area is off Galveston, Texas, and the other area is near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The Department of the Interior will also pursue wind energy development in the waters off the mid- and southern Atlantic Coast and Florida’s Gulf Coast.

This announcement follows Biden’s launch of a new Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership that brought together 11 East Coast governors to deliver more clean, affordable energy and new jobs.

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Kaleidoscopic migratory monarch butterfly joins global endangered species list

Source: Reuters


The migratory monarch butterfly, which has for millennia turned North American woodlands into kaleidoscopes of colour in one of nature’s most spectacular mass migrations, is threatened with extinction, international conservationists said on Wednesday.

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“A Monterrey le llegó el día cero”: la grave crisis de falta de agua que vive la segunda ciudad más poblada de México


Fuente: BBC News Mundo

La segunda ciudad más grande de México, en la que viven más de 5,3 millones de personas, padece desde principios de año una sequía que ahora es catalogada como “extrema” y que ha llegado a su punto más álgido este mes.

Con temperaturas que superan los 40°C, sus habitantes tienen que arreglárselas para subsistir con solo seis horas al día de bombeo de agua potable, una restricción nunca antes vista e implementada por las autoridades para racionar lo que queda en sus represas.


Citizens go searching for water in Nuevo León

Source: Mexico News Daily


Some Monterrey residents are undertaking “pilgrimages” in search of water due to the harsh restrictions currently in place in the metropolitan area of the Nuevo León capital.

As of early June, running water has only been available six hours per day – if at all – as authorities seek to alleviate water shortages precipitated by drought in the northern border state.

A Milenio TV report said that hundreds of residents of Monterrey and surrounding municipalities are going to parks and squares to search for taps with running water where they can fill up buckets, 20-liter water bottles called garrafones and other receptacles. Others line up for hours to get water from water tank trucks called pipas.