Kaleidoscopic migratory monarch butterfly joins global endangered species list

Source: Reuters

7/21/22

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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Citizens go searching for water in Nuevo León

Source: Mexico News Daily

6/22/2022

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.

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Restrictions cut water service to six hours a day in Monterrey, Nuevo León

Source: Mexico News Daily

06/07/2022

Monterrey has a new surefire plan to deal with water shortages: to only make water available for six hours a day.

The taps of 5.3 million citizens living in Monterrey’s Metropolitan Zone and in neighboring municipalities have only been of use from 4-10 a.m. since Saturday, after the director of Servicios de Agua y Drenaje de Monterrey, the company that manages water in Nuevo León, announced the strategy.

Juan Ignacio Barragán Villarreal said the new water schedule would replace the “Water for Everyone” program, which had seen water cuts for one day a week rotating around different areas of the city since March 22.

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Medical Tourism Mexico: High Quality, Affordable Prices

Source: PRNewswire

According to Hair Center Mexico, a hair transplant clinic in Tijuana, the number of American patient’s visiting Tijuana has been increasing even with the current travel restriction.

The world has seen a change in patient mobility. People travel abroad to access tiptop medical care at affordable prices.

Approximately 1.2 million travelers around the world visit Mexico for medical procedures which are costly in their countries or aren’t covered by their insurance plans.

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Onions from Mexico linked to salmonella outbreak in 37 states

Source: NBC News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking people to check their onions after a salmonella outbreak sickened more than 650 people across the country.

The CDC said fresh, whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, are subject to the alert. ProSource Inc. distributed them to grocery stores and restaurants throughout the U.S.

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Despite court order, vaccinating youths aged 12-17 against COVID remains in limbo

Source: Mexico News Daily

The federal government will challenge a court order instructing it to offer COVID-19 vaccines to all youths aged 12 to 17.

A México state-based federal judge last week ordered health authorities to modify the national vaccination policy to include all minors between those ages, of whom there are approximately 10 million.

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Catastrophic medical supply shortages in Mexico

09/17/2021

Source: Yahoo! News

Child cancer patients and HIV-positive Mexicans have increasingly had to put life-saving treatments on hold as public hospitals run out of the medications they need.

The big picture: Activists say around 1,600 children with cancer have died from the lack of oncological meds.

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Revealed: Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

02/16/2021

Source: The Guardian

Internal government emails reveal Monsanto owner Bayer AG and industry lobbyist CropLife America have been working closely with US officials to pressure Mexico into abandoning its intended ban on glyphosate, a pesticide linked to cancer that is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkillers.

The moves to protect glyphosate shipments to Mexico have played out over the last 18 months, a period in which Bayer was negotiating an $11bn settlement of legal claims brought by people in the US who say they developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma due to exposure to the company’s glyphosate-based products.

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Politicians step up the fight against Mexico’s Coca-Cola habit

10/29/2020

Source: The Economist

On a visit in July to Chiapas, a poor southern state, Hugo López-Gatell, Mexico’s covid-19 tsar, condemned an unlikely culprit for deaths from the disease. Fizzy drinks are “bottled poison”. Every year 40,000 Mexicans, the number of recorded covid-19 victims at the time, die from drinking too many, he claimed. The country’s health “would be different had we not been fooled” by a marketing machine that promotes products “as if [they] were happiness”.

The blasé response to the pandemic by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his administration is a bigger reason why the official death toll now stands at 90,000. But they are correct to point out that sugary drinks contribute to Mexico’s high rates of obesity and diabetes, which make people more vulnerable to the virus. Three-quarters of Mexicans are overweight, up from a fifth in 1996. Although fizzy drinks are a worthier target than some of Mr López Obrador’s nemeses (suppliers of renewable energy, for example), they are also inescapably part of the country’s culture.

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‘We Had To Take Action’: States In Mexico Move To Ban Junk Food Sales To Minors

09/14/2020

Source: NPR

Picture this: You’re 17, you walk into a corner store and grab a Coca-Cola and Doritos, but the cashier refuses to sell them to you because you’re underage.

That rule is expected to soon become reality in parts of Mexico, as lawmakers in several states push legislation to keep junk food away from children, partly in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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