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Mayors From Around the World Sign Climate Pact
Mayors from around the world signed a voluntary pact Sunday in Mexico City to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a meeting meant as a precursor to UN-sponsored climate talks in Cancun opening next week.
Mexico City to Close Huge Landfill, Among World's Largest
One of the world's largest landfills is to be closed next year because of worries that the more than 12,000 tons of garbage deposited there daily could contaminate the aquifer, Mexico's Interior Department said Monday.
Biotech Company Secretly Releases Millions of GM Mosquitoes in Cayman Islands
Ethan A. Huff
Scientists recently developed a genetically-modified (GM) mosquito that is unable to successfully repopulate. And the company recently released millions of these GM mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands to see what would happen.
Poor Nations Say Rich Fail on Climate Aid Pledge
Poor nations accused donors on Thursday of failing to keep a promise of extra climate aid, which the U.N. says will be the "golden key" to successful global warming talks in Mexico this month.
Global Warming Coming On Rapidly, Scientists Say
Climate authorities say that the rise in sea levels from the melting ice sheets would flood seaboard cities and put hundreds of millions of refugees in motion seeking shelter in northerly climates to find relief from the heat.
Simply Puerto Vallarta - Orchid Fever
Mexico ranks in the top ten countries where orchids grow naturally, and there are more than 250 different types of orchids in the Banderas Bay region. In this edition of Simply Puerto Vallarta, you'll meet two local orchid enthusiasts who are raising and rescuing these fabulous flowers.
Mexican President Opens Center for UN-Protected Butterfly
FOCUS News Agency
Mexico city. Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday opened a center that will breed and protect the Monarch butterfly, a species recognized by the UNESCO for its universal value, Xinhua informed.
Seasonal Bans Not Enough to Save Pacific Tuna
The countries that fish for tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean see seasonal bans as a form of responsible fishing, but environmentalists argue that they are not enough to ensure the survival of a resource that is threatened around the world.
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Bingo
Gary R. Beck
The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club held its first Bingo for Bougainvilias at the lovely Coco's Kitchen, on November 10th. Between 45 and 50 players attended and, with donations, we collected a substantial amount to help us fund planting in public areas and other city beautification projects.
Keeping a Happy Coast Healthy: One Man's Quest to Save His Little, Fragile Corner of Mexico
Davison Collins tried to leave this happy coast ... once. He didn't get far, pulled back by a vortex of sun, sand, culture and natural beauty along a stretch of land the Mexicans call Costalegre.
Is Mexico City's 'Plan Verde' a Model for Latin America?
Mayors of more than 2,000 cities worldwide will gather in this Latin American megalopolis next week for two summits where they will develop climate initiatives and pledge reductions in carbon emissions at the municipal level.
World Bank Loans Mexico $100 Million to Improve Water Utilities Efficiency
The World Bank (WB) Board of Directors approved a US$100 million loan for the Mexico Water Utilities Efficiency Improvement Project, which seeks to improve efficiency of participating utilities through technical assistance and financing framed under the sector policy.
Summit Host Cancún No Model for Climate Change
The beauty of the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancún may have been one reason for choosing it to host the upcoming global summit on climate change. But Cancún has little to recommend it as a model for adapting to the challenges posed by climate change.
Alabama Scientists Find More Evidence that BP Oil Absorbed Into Gulf of Mexico Food Chain
A new study by scientists with Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides more evidence that the 200 million gallons of oil released from the BP Macondo well disaster were quickly turned into food by bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico.
President Calderón Inaugurates Bicentennial Park
Suzanne Stephens Waller
On a plot of land measuring 55 ha that was formerly the site of the 18 de marzo refinery, President Felipe Calderón inaugurated the Bicentennial Park which, he said, is a symbol of Federal Government’s commitment to the environment.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens Celebrates their Fifth Anniversary
Over the last five years, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens has grown into a significant landmark for Puerto Vallarta and has contributed to the cultural development of the area. The Gardens will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Sunday, November 14th, 2010.
Central America Must Be Recognised as Especially Vulnerable
Having suffered the devastation of extreme weather phenomena in recent years, such as hurricanes Mitch, Stan and Agatha, the countries of Central America will head to the next global climate summit with an emphasis on their vulnerability and demand access to better conditions for dealing with climate disasters.
U.S. Election 2012: Stewart Alexander Making Big Push for Electric Car Manufacturing
Socialist Party USA
Stewart Alexander has been a proponent for electric car manufacturing for nearly three decades. Now running as a candidate for U.S. President in 2012, Alexander says he hopes to see electric vehicles being manufactured across the U.S.
As Host of Climate Talks, Mexico Faces Domestic Energy Paradox
Mexico champions climate change goals but is also boosting its struggling economy by expanding the state-run oil industry and promoting car ownership.
Bill Gates Funds Approval of GM Mosquitoes to Combat Dengue
There has been much debate about the pending FDA approval of genetically modified salmon that grows to maturity twice as fast as a natural salmon. While that debate continues, it looks like another genetically modified live organism may be approved for release into the ecosystem: GM mosquitoes.
Girls Now Reaching Puberty at Age Nine, Thanks to Chemicals in the Food Supply (Milk and Plastics)
The average age of puberty in girls is now nine, in a phenomenon increasingly being blamed on rising obesity and exposure to hormone-disrupting pollutants in the food supply.
BP Dispersants 'Causing Sickness'
Injected with at least 4.9 million barrels of oil during the BP oil disaster of last summer, the Gulf has suffered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. Compounding the problem, BP has admitted to using at least 1.9 million gallons of widely banned toxic dispersants.
Climate Change - Unspoken Words of 2010 Campaign
The Real News Network
James K. Boyce: People must vote for candidates willing to take on fossil fuel industry or solution not possible.
Is Cancun Really the Last Chance for a Post-Kyoto Climate Deal?
The Cancun Climate Summit is scheduled to start on November 29, and Jones Lang LaSalle has just signed the Cancun Communiqué, which sets out the case for action on climate change. Not much is expected to happen at this “last-chance” summit before the first commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol ends in 2012.
Marine Toxicologist Riki Ott on the BP Oil Spill and Its Long-Term Effects
In this interview, Riki Ott talks about whether BP will ever be held responsible for the oil disaster, BP's partnership with NOAA in schools, the oil disaster's long-term effects on the ecosystem, the citizen uprising in the South, and the most effective way to save the planet from further destruction.
Mosquitoes That Carry Malaria Evolving Into New Species, Warn Scientists
Daily Mail UK
Two strains of Africa's most notorious malaria mosquito are evolving into new species, research has shown. The discovery has implications for combating malaria, since it means the insects could become immune to control strategies.
Volunteers 'Dug in' to Los Mangos Project
Gary R. Beck
The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club held its first planting beautification project at Los Mangos Library on Saturday, October 16th. Volunteers 'dug right in' to the project - pruning branches, removing dead trees, digging holes and planting bougainvilleas along the fence.
Climate Change May Create Tipping Points for Populations, Not Just Species
As Earth's climate warms, species are expected to shift their geographical ranges away from the equator or to higher elevations. While scientists have documented such shifts for many plants and animals, the ranges of others seem stable.
Walking Off A Cliff: The Progress Blindfold
The other night while watching CNN International, I saw a commercial for a program 'Planet in Peril' that was going to have a discussion about vanishing species, which discussion was taglined (a verb?) 'Planet vs. Progress' ... something about that tagline didn’t sit right in my head.
Forgotten: Gulf of Mexico Fishermen Fear the Future
Six months after the largest maritime oil spill, Gulf of Mexico fishing communities fear for their very future while critics say response efforts have evaporated faster than the toxic crude.
Once World's Smoggiest, Mexico City Cuts Pollution
Not long ago, air in this throbbing capital was so bad that cyclists wore surgical masks. Birds fell dead in mid-flight, and children used brown crayons to draw the sky. But the metropolis ranked the world's most polluted by a 1992 UN report has since slashed some of its worst emissions by more than three-quarters.
Conditions Not Met for Climate Deal in Cancun: Mexico
Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said Monday that "conditions have not been met" for a new climate deal on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a worldwide summit in Cancun in December.
Radioactive Attack on Flesh-Eating Screw-Worm
Emilio Godoy & Raúl Pierri
A biological control method used to eradicate screw-worm, a livestock parasite, in the United States, Mexico and Central America, has just been tested successfully in South America, where its adoption is being considered in the countries of the Southern Common Market.
Researchers Demonstrate Portable, Solar-Powered Water Desalination System
Stephen C. Webster
About one in eight humans do not have access to clean drinking water, according to the World Health Organization. That's approximately 884 million people. The repercussion of this reality are a daily reality in developing nations.