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    An Interesting Way to Educate Mexicans About Endangered Species

    Sunday, August 16th, 2009

    I’ve been in Mexico City this past week for a UN Development Programme (UNDP) consultation on biodiversity and ecosystem services (more on that in a future post).  Every time I visit Mexico City I like to stroll the Paseo de la Reforma, the City’s beautiful answer to Paris’ Champs-Élysées.  One of the reasons (besides people […]

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    Mexico Turns to Wind Power

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    Mexico is making a strong foray into wind power, starting with yesterday’s inauguration by President Felipe Calderón of the Spanish firm Iberdrola’s 80 megawatt (MW) La Ventosa (“The Windy”) wind farm the Oaxaca town of Juchitán de Zaragoza, on the Tehuantepec isthmus, where winds regularly blow as high as 75-120 kph (46-75 mph).  This is […]

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    Obesity Among Mexican School Children

    Friday, January 2nd, 2009

    In a prior post I discussed how growing concern about weight problems among Mexican children is leading to calls there for restrictions on the advertising and marketing of certain foods and beverages to children.  A recent National Public Health Institute (INSP) survey of children in Mexico’s public schools details the dimensions of the problem (the […]

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    US-Mexico State Partnership on Climate Change & Air Pollution?

    Friday, September 26th, 2008

    Last month Mexico’s Environment Secretary, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, suggested even closer cooperation on climate change and air pollution issues between the states on both sides of the US-Mexico border.  Speaking at the Border Governors Conference in Hollywood, California, Elvira Quesada proposed that the six Mexican border states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Sonora, […]

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    Financing Energy-Efficient Housing in Mexico / Financiamiento de viviendas con uso eficiente de energía en México

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    From the International Finance Corporation (IFC):
    IFC Loan to Mexico’s Vertice Will Support Energy-Efficient Housing Finance
    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced that it will provide long-term local-currency funding to Hipotecaria Vertice, a midsize housing finance company in Mexico, to enable it to provide energy-efficient housing solutions for low- and middle-income home buyers.
    IFC […]

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    Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency for Baja California Homes

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    This project is interesting to me for several reasons.
    I like that it will help home owners reduce their energy consumption, will provide photovoltaics to low- and middle-income households, and will emphasize systems “financially feasible for users” (sometimes household solar systems promoted are not appropriate to the income bracket they are supposed to serve).
    I like that […]

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    Mexico’s Eco-Partnership with California

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    In February, when this blog was on hiatus while I worked on projects and expanding/updating the main Temas site, Mexico and the State of California signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) on cooperation in environmental matters.
    To be honest, I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. Not just because I was busy with […]

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    Tire Mountains as a Border Issue

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    If you you’re not a waste specialist (“garbologist”) or waste nut (like me), then you might have missed this one or not understood its significance even if you did hear of it.
    End-of-life (EOL) tires — called “scrap tires” by industry but often referred to as “waste tires” by regulators — have bedeviled environmental authorities and […]

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    Morelos Gets a Comprehensive Waste Law

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

    The central Mexican state of Morelos (home of Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata) just adopted its own comprehensive state solid waste law.
    Since Mexico adopted its federal General Law for the Prevention and Integrated Management of Wastes in 2003, the Federal District (DF) and many states have adopted their own general waste laws, or else amended their […]

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    Mexico to Take US to the Hague Over Border Wall…Because of Environmental Impact???

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    The Environment Secretariat (SEMARNAT) of Mexico has announced that it may take the United States to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague over the wall the US is trying to build along the border with Mexico. The rationale behind their case: alleged environmental damage to the desert ecosystem in Sonora and […]

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