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Mexico City taps solar energy to clean up historic Aztec-era canals
24 August 2021 - Mexican scientists have developed a unique 'nanobubble' system using solar energy to improve water quality in the canals of Mexico City's Xochimilco ecological zone, a popular tourist attraction. Officials in Mexico City have been focused on cleaning up the long-polluted waters of Xochimilco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A team of researchers from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) has developed a method using solar energy to activate a pump that sends cleansing 'nanobubbles' into the water. (more)

Mexico City launches Latin America's latest cable car line
4 March 2021 - Mexico City has launched the first of what it hopes will be several cable-car lines serving the poorer outskirts of the city of 9 million. ... Cable cars are seen as a cheaper, quicker way to bring public transport to poor communities located high up hillsides. (more)

'Miracle of nature': Record number of endangered turtles hatch in Mexico
29 October 2020 - Record numbers of an endangered turtle species have hatched in Mexico this year -- thanks to reduced human activity and dedicated efforts of an Indigenous conservation group. Tortugueros del Desemboque, a conversation group among the Comcaac (often known as the Seri) people in the Mexican state of Sonora, released over 2,250 baby Olive Ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of California this year. Usually 500 to 1,000 are released. (more)

States in Mexico move to ban junk food sales to minors
14 September 2020 - 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. ... First Oaxaca's state legislature passed a ban on selling or giving out high-calorie packaged foods and sugar-sweetened drinks to minors on August 5. Less than two weeks later, Tabasco state approved a prohibition, too. Now at least a dozen other states are considering similar legislation. (more)

Trees, birds, ponds: Mexico City's ancient lake reclaims scrapped airport
7 September 2020 - 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. (more)

Mexico to phase out use of herbicide glyphosate
12 August 2020 - Mexico will gradually phase out use of the herbicide glyphosate by the time the current administration ends in late 2024, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday [12 August], following a ministerial spat over the product. ... Lopez Obrador said the government would immediately stop using glyphosate on its own projects. (more)

Storyteller entertains kids in Mexico City apartment complex
19 July 2020 - Percibald Garcia recognized that confinement during the coronavirus lockdown is especially tedious for children. So the young architect decided to read them stories. Almost every day since the beginning of May, the 27-year-old has gone out in an enormous Mexico City apartment complex with his 'wandering microphone' to broadcast stories to children who gather at their windows to listen. (more)

Oldest and largest ancient Maya structure found in Mexico
3 June 2020 - Scientists using an aerial remote-sensing method have discovered the largest and oldest-known structure built by the ancient Maya civilization -- a colossal rectangular elevated platform built between 1,000 and 800 BC in Mexico's Tabasco state. The structure, unlike the soaring Maya pyramids at cities like Tikal in Guatemala and Palenque in Mexico erected some 1,500 years later, was not built of stone but rather of clay and earth... researchers said on Wednesday [3 June]. (more)

Urban gardens in Mexico fight hummingbirds' extinction
25 February 2020 - Mexicans have created more than a hundred urban gardens, most of them in the capital Mexico City, in an attempt to attract hummingbirds that have seen their natural habitat gradually destroyed as cities sprawl. The country is home to 58 different species. Claudia Rodriguez, a biologist working on the 'Urban Gardens' project, [said] that it was the most important pollinating bird in the Americas. (more)

Mexico City goes back to the future with plastic bag ban
8 January 2020 - Mexico City's new ban on plastic bags has inspired visions of a journey back in time ... The city's government this week banned single-use plastic bags to complement worldwide efforts to protect the environment. Gabriel Sanchez, who hawks produce at a marketplace, said the ban was a return to 1960s packaging. 'I think it will take a while but people will get used to it,' he said. (more)


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Mexico: City devastated by drug-war violence reaps peace-creating benefit of advanced meditation groups
25 December 2013 - A recent New York Times article featured Ciudad Juarez in Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, and 'a perennial symbol of drug war devastation'. The article highlights a recent trend of dramatically reduced crime and violence in the city, with many former residents who fled in fear returning, shops and restaurants reopening, and people once again venturing out freely on the streets. 'There is still disagreement over what, exactly, has led to the drastic drop in violence,' the article reports. Yesterday on Christmas Eve, Transcendental Meditation teachers commented that these positive trends reflect rising coherence and peace in collective consciousness--created by large groups practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in Central and South America, including Mexico. (more)

Mexico: Thousands of indigenous students to meditate together at traditional celebration
18 December 2012 - This Friday, 21 December, many young students from rural schools in Mexico will take part in a celebration of indigenous people in the southern part of the country. The students--along with many of their parents, teachers, and community leaders--are coming together to practise Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes in a large group, expected to number in the thousands. They have learned these meditation techniques as part of Consciousness-Based Education, which is being used in schools throughout Latin America and around the globe. The students are aiming to create through their group meditation a powerful, uplifting influence of coherence, harmony, and peace for Mexico, all of Latin America, and the world. (more)

Mexico: Consciousness-Based Education to benefit student population, promote peace in the nation
2 July 2011 - Consciousness-Based Education programmes are being applied in secondary schools and universities in Mexico, to improve student achievement while contributing to the creation of invincible peace, harmony, and progress for the nation. (more)

Mexico: Maharishi Vastu schools under construction
8 December 2010 - Construction began a few weeks ago on two 2-storey school buildings in Monterrey, Mexico, which have been designed according to Vastu principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. The buildings will be halls for 900 students to practise the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme in large groups every day, to create a continuing influence of coherence, harmony, and peace in their region and for the whole nation. (more)

Mexico: Young school students innocently create invincibility for the nation
12 July 2010 - A school in Mexico is making a large nation invincible through students' group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi Programme. In a new film about the programme, the school's Academic Director says that students have become more orderly and more attentive in class; teachers feel more free from stress, more willing to listen to the children; and crime is decreasing in the town where the school is located, compared to other nearby areas. (more)

Mexico: 2,380 Yogic Flyers to be a 'lighthouse of coherence for the continent of Latin America'
2 July 2010 - National coherence is now becoming well established in Mexico. One thousand Yogic Flyers will soon regularly practise the Transcendental Meditation and Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, including Yogic Flying, in ideal Vastu (Vedic architecture) facilities, and the number of Yogic Flyers will soon increase to 2,380. (more)

Leading universities in Mexico adopting Consciousness-Based Education
28 June 2010 - Two leading universities in Mexico have agreed to implement the Transcendental Meditation Programme on a large scale. (more)

Mexico: Five hundred students learn Yogic Flying, transform their school
29 May 2010 - A secondary school in Mexico--and the surrounding community--are being transformed by the daily Yogic Flying practice of 500 students, who recently learnt the technique as part of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme. Teachers in the project have noticed a distinct decrease in stress levels within the school, and growth of joy and confidence among students, teachers, and parents. (more)

Monterrey school leading the way for Mexico to achieve national invincibility
23 November 2009 - With rising numbers of student Yogic Flyers at a school in Monterrey, Mexico will soon reach the threshold number of 1,008 Yogic Flyers required to achieve national invincibility. (more)

Latin America: Students raising Mexico to invincibility
23 December 2008 - In Mexico there will soon be 1,000 students practising Yogic Flying (an aspect of the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme)--the number required to create invincible peace, prosperity, and good fortune for the nation. These students are among 61,000 from 158 schools in 19 Latin American countries currently practising Transcendental Meditation, and 14,000 practising Yogic Flying--creating a powerful influence of coherence and harmony for the entire continent and the world. (more)


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Mexico murder rate rises in first three months of 2019
22 April 2019 - The first three months of 2019 have seen a 9.6% increase in murders in Mexico, official figures suggest. The figures from the National System for Public Security are particularly worrying as 2018 had the highest murder rate since Mexico began keeping records of homicides. (more)

Powerful Hurricane Willa bears down on Mexico's Pacific coast
22 October 2018 - Hurricane Willa, an extremely dangerous a Category 4 storm, weakened slightly as it veered toward popular tourist resorts on Mexico's Pacific coast on Monday (22 October), prompting government warnings for people to leave high-risk areas and take cover. Mexican authorities urged residents to evacuate their homes for temporary shelters, closed ports, canceled classes, and suspended beachside and marine activities. (more)

In town with little water, Coca-Cola is everywhere. So is diabetes.
14 July 2018 - San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico: Maria del Carmen Abadia lives in one of Mexico's rainiest regions, but she has running water only once every two days. When it does trickle from her tap, the water is so heavily chlorinated, she said, it's undrinkable. Potable water is increasingly scarce in San Cristobal de las Casas, a picturesque mountain town in the southeastern state of Chiapas where some neighborhoods have running water just a few times a week, and many households are forced to buy extra water from tanker trucks. .... Climate change, scientists say, has also played a role in the failure of artesian wells that sustained San Cristobal for generations. 'It doesn't rain like it used to,' said Jesus Carmona, a biochemist at the local Ecosur scientific research center, which is affiliated with the Mexican government. 'Almost every day, day and night, it used to rain.' (more)

Monarch butterfly numbers off for 2nd year in Mexico
5 March 2018 - The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexican forests declined for a second consecutive year, a government official said Monday (5 March). The monarch butterflies' migration is measured by the area they cover in pine and fir forests west of Mexico City. Millions of the butterflies make the 3,400-mile (5,500-kilometer) migration from the United States and Canada each year. (more)

Mexico murders hit record high, dealing blow to President
23 December 2017 - Mexico has this year registered its highest murder total since modern records began, according to official data, dealing a fresh blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto's pledge to get gang violence under control with presidential elections due in 2018. A total of 23,101 murder investigations were opened in the first 11 months of this year, surpassing the 22,409 registered in the whole of 2011, figures published on Friday night by the interior ministry showed. The figures go back to 1997. (more)

Murky business: A hunt for answers as children fall sick around Mexico lake
4 December 2017 - Eduardo Baltazar is the youngest person in the tiny Mexican village of Agua Caliente to have a kidney transplant, undergoing the life-saving surgery a month shy of his 13th birthday. The boy is one of many victims of a health crisis in the western state of Jalisco that environmental experts are linking to water and air pollution, despite denials by the government. A University of Guadalajara investigation into the 950 residents of Agua Caliente on the shores of Lake Chapala has confirmed what locals have known for years -- chronic kidney disease has reached epidemic levels and is hitting children hardest. From the smog-coated capital to polluted lakeside villages, agricultural and industrial pollution and poor regulation have sickened communities across Mexico, say campaigners. (more)

Mexico quake leaves thousands stranded without a home
10 October 2017 - Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rent asunder by the earthquake that struck Mexico in September, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping their homes can be rebuilt or they can find new ones. At least 369 people died in the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico, causing more devastation in the capital than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands. (more)

149 killed as 7.1 magnitude quake fells buildings in Mexico
19 September 2017 - A powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday (19 September), collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 149 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly. (more)

After woman's mysterious death at Mexico resort, tourists report similar incidents
22 July 2017 - Something sinister is happening at a handful of luxury Mexican resorts -- at least according to one lawyer and some tourists who've vacationed there. After a young woman died under mysterious circumstances at the Iberostar Paraiso Resort in Playa Del Carmen, her family and attorneys have been looking for a plausible explanation for what happened to her. Abbey Conner, 20, died in January within just a few hours of arriving at a resort with her family. ... An attorney hired by the Conner family to investigate the situation visited the resort and noticed numerous young tourists hanging out drinking at the bar. But he also noticed something else. ...The Conners were not the first to report mysterious events and ultimately, tragedy, during their time at a luxury resort in Mexico. An investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel revealed other tourists found themselves in unexplainable situations with no memory of what had occurred. (more)

Mexico murders up with deadliest month in at least 20 years
22 July 2017 - Mexico's spiraling violence reached new heights with 2,234 murders in June, the country's deadliest month in at least 20 years, according to government data. Killings rose in states ranging from the tourist haven of Baja California Sur to the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and even in Mexico City, long considered a relative oasis from drug gang violence. For the first six months of 2017, authorities nationwide recorded 12,155 homicide investigations, or 31 percent more than the 9,300 during the same period last year. (more)

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