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President Calderón's Strategy for Reducing Deforestation
Suzanne Stephens Waller

President Calderón is continuing his activities with the The Visión Redd+ in Mexico: Towards a National Strategy event.

Fishermen Question Gulf Seafood Safety
Al Jazeera

The White House is planning to serve seafood from the Gulf of Mexico at Christmas events this year, in a move aimed at boosting consumer confidence in the wake of the devastating BP oil spill. But some locals are questioning the safety of seafood from the area.

Improved Car Batteries 5 Years Off: Energy Chief
Timothy Gardner

Cars that run on batteries will begin to be competitive with ones that burn petroleum fuels in about five years, the U.S. energy secretary said at the annual U.N. climate talks.

Ted Turner Urges Global One-Child Policy to Save Planet
Shawn McCarthy

Climate change and population control can make for a politically explosive mix, as media mogul Ted Turner demonstrated Sunday when he urged world leaders to institute a global one-child policy to save the Earth’s environment.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Bingo Night
Gary R. Beck

Please join us Wednesday, December 8th at 6 pm for an evening of holiday merriment as Coco's Kitchen and the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Host 'Bingo for Bougainvilleas.' All bingo proceeds from this event will help PV Garden Club fund local beautification projects in Puerto Vallarta.

Climate Groups Retool Argument For Global Warming
Christopher Joyce

The number of Americans who believe that global warming is a scientific fact has been dropping, and environmental groups and climate scientists who say the evidence for warming is clear are scratching their heads over this reversal and scrambling to find a new strategy.

Britain, Brazil to Seek End to Kyoto Climate Impasse
Robert Campbell & Christopher Buckley

Britain and Brazil will seek to break the deadlock over the future of the Kyoto Protocol for combating global warming that has overshadowed U.N. talks to try to work out a modest climate deal in Mexico.

Mayan Village in Mexico Impacted by Climate Change
Associated Press

Members of the Mayan community of Tabi, around 200 (120 miles) kilometers southwest of Cancun on the Yucatan, say changes in the weather are forcing them to change their lives.

Rumours and Pessimism Reign Midway Through Cancún Summit
Emilio Godoy

At the end of the first week of climate negotiations under way in this Mexican Caribbean resort city, it seems a distant possibility that the nearly 200 national delegations will agree on renewing the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.

As Climate Talks Drag On, More Ponder Techno-Fixes
Associated Press

Like the warming atmosphere above, a once-taboo idea hangs over the slow, frustrating U.N. talks to curb climate change: the idea to tinker with the atmosphere or the planet itself, pollute the skies to ward off the sun, fill the oceans with gas-eating plankton, do whatever it takes.

Farming Must Wait in Line at Stalled Climate Talks
Gerard Wynn

Incentives for climate-friendly farming must join a line behind forests and a stalemate over greenhouse gas emissions targets at U.N. climate talks, say experts halfway through a two-week conference.

Ute/Navajo Elders Open Vail World Cup to Launch 'UN's International Mother Earth Day' Ceremonies
Suzy Chaffee

On December 4, 2010, renowned Southern Ute/Navajo Elders, Eddie and Betty Box Jr., along with their wonderful dancers/skiers, opened Vail's World Cup downhill event with a 'Blessing Ceremony for the Joy and Safety of Earth's Greatest Skiers,' at the finish line of Beaver Creek's 'Bird of Prey' run.

Mexican Foresters Invoke Less Destructive Logging
Gerard Wynn

Community leaders managing a fragment of ancient Mexican jungle say their approach to logging precious hardwoods protects rare jaguar and may guide nearby U.N. climate talks seeking a forest blueprint.

Cancun Protesters Target Canada, US Over Oil Sands Pipelines
Stacy Feldman

North American native groups urged the United States and Canada to abandon support for carbon-heavy oil sands in one of the first visible protests at the UN climate talks in Cancun.

Riviera Nayarit to Celebrate 7th Annual Festival of Migratory Birds
RivieraNayarit.com

All eyes on nature! Riviera Nayarit is welcoming the New Year with the exciting annual Festival of Migratory Birds in historical San Blas. The festival will take place from January 23 – 30, 2011.

Lost in Cancún
Diana Cariboni

Nature is sending a message that could not be more timely. Scattered around hotels, convention centres and camps located dozens of kilometres from each other, the climate change negotiators and activists who have come to the biggest annual meeting on the issue seem to have lost the nerve to pursue the initial goal of the talks that began 18 years ago.

A Climate Journey - The Andes: Retreat of the Glaciers
The Real News Network

In the first of a four-part video series on climate change in Ecuador and Peru, John Vidal takes us through the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, where the Cayambe mountain glaciers are melting.

Riviera Nayarit, Where Whales Leave a Trail
RivieraNayarit.com

The yearly official whale watching season opens between December and March in Riviera Nayarit. This year, these cetaceans are already starting to arrive.

Japan Says No to Extending Kyoto
Alex Morales & Stuart Biggs

Japan won’t help extend the Kyoto Protocol accord to curb greenhouse-gas emissions after it expires in 2012, saying that instead a new global agreement is necessary to combat climate change.

Mexico's Bimbo to Build $200 Mln Wind Farm
Michael O'Boyle

Grupo Bimbo, one of the world's biggest breadmakers, will build a $200 million wind farm to supply almost all of the electric power needed for its Mexican operations, the company said on Thursday.

Mexico: Stop the Climate Change Blame Game
CBS News

Stuck in a blame game led by "big players" U.S. and China, the rest of the world should take on the climate crisis more aggressively "with or without them," says Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Mexico's Leader Warns of Looming 'Tragedy' on Climate
Tim Johnson

President Felipe Calderon warned Monday that the globe is on the precipice of a tragedy if delegates at a U.N. climate change summit do not set differences aside and think of future generations.

Farmers' Markets May Be Finding Their Niche in Mexico
Kent Paterson

Currently located in the Paradise Community Center near the popular Playa de los Muertos, the Old Town Farmers Market represents a departure from the prevailing Mexican market scheme in which consumers buy from intermediaries far removed from the land.

Global Warming Tops Cancun Summit
Al Jazeera

The Cancun UN climate summit will seek a commitment to keep global carbon dioxide emissions low, after the failure in the last climate meeting in Copenhagen.

Mexico Seeks Leading Role in Climate Policy
William Booth

Mexico is battling billionaire drug mafias armed with bazookas, but when President Felipe Calderon ranks the threats his country faces, he worries more about methane gas, dwindling forests and dirty refineries. Calderon is a climate wonk. Who knew?

Inauguration of Cancún Electric Airgenerator
Suzanne Stephens Waller

President Felipe Calderón led the inauguration of the Cancún Air Generator in the municipality of Benito Juárez in Quintana Roo.

Biodiesel Plant, Mexico's Commitment in Fight against Climate Change
Suzanne Stephens Waller

During his tour of the state of Chiapas, President Felipe Calderón led the inauguration of the Biodiesel Plant. This new plant "is proof of Mexicans’ commitment in the fight against climate change," declared the President.

Foreign Policy: Making Progress on Climate In Mexico
Bill McKibben

I suspect it will be mostly holding pattern and very little landing in Cancun, Mexico this December. The fundamental problem that has always dogged these talks — a rich north that won't give up its fossil-fuel addiction, a poor south that can't give up its hope of fossil-fueled development.

Developing Countries Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Help the Poor
Robert Sanders

A clean energy development initiative in rural Nicaragua demonstrates that there are cost effective steps developing nations can take to reduce carbon emissions and at the same time help the rural poor reduce their energy expenses.

Vallarta Botanical Gardens Events Calendar November 2010 - April 2011
Douglas Lenox

Since opening the Gardens gates in 2004, Vallarta Botanical Gardens has won international accolades as a not-to-be missed highlight of any trip to Puerto Vallarta. In addition to the 20 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there are many upcoming events you won't want to miss!

Mexico Eyes Climate Funds for Locally Run Forests
Mica Rosenberg

Local landowners collectively running a small lumber yard in the pine forests of central Mexico say they are making profits from logging and cutting carbon emissions at the same time.

Forecasting Cancun's Climate Change Talks
David Schreiner

Representatives of 194 countries will gather in Cancun, Mexico, on November 29 for the sixteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (known as COP16), part of the UN Climate Change Conference. The talks will be more subdued than last year's, and no heads of state are expected to attend.

Climate Change is the New Global Terror, Says Al Gore
Hindustan Times

Nobel Peace Prize winner and champion climate campaigner Al Gore outlined the doom the world is awaiting because of climate change and expressed disappointment at world leaders failing to clinch a treaty to fight the new global terror.

Activists Prepare for Climate Change Summit in Cancun
Dawn Paley

Less than a week away from the COP-16 summit on climate change in Cancún, activist networks across Mexico are busying themselves with plans to welcome at least 10,000 people to the biggest climate event of the year.


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