Category Archives: Science & Technology

Internet Trends in Mexico

Internet usage has soared in 21st century Mexico, but few Mexicans employ the service to conduct financial transactions. On the eve of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, May 17, Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Informatics (INEGI) released data on patterns and trends in Internet usage in the United State’s southern neighbor. According…
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Facing the Climate Change upon Us

“New Mexico is in the middle of a climate crisis,” Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham told an Albuquerque town hall via video. “Make no mistake about it, climate change is real and we need to do something about it.” The first term Albuquerque Democrat, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee,  ran off a short list…
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Low-Tech and High-Tech Braceros

Prior to World War Two, the U.S. agricultural workforce was nationally, racially and ethnically diverse. Depending on the season, crop and the region of the country, Mexicans, Chicanos, African-Americans and Dust Bowl whites all labored on the farms and ranches that kept the nation clothed and fed.  But the guns of war altered the agricultural…
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Climate Change Wallops Mexico

Climate change is costing Mexico dearly. In a Mexico City speech last month commemorating World Water Day, President Enrique Pena Nieto informed an audience that the country racked up approximately $40 billion in damages attributed to climate change from 2002 to 2010. Climate disasters affected 30 million Mexicans, or more than one-quarter of the country’s…
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Lead, Arsenic Contamination in Sunland Park

Editor’s note:  This special feature is the latest installment in our series on government and the low-income border communities in New Mexico called colonias.  Today’s piece examines the issue of lead and arsenic contamination in Sunland Park, a low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking and immigrant community bordering Mexico in the southern part of  Dona Ana County. This…
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195 Species at Risk

Mexican government and university researchers are warning about threats posed to the survival of 195 plant and animal species in the northern border state of Chihuahua. Studies by the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) have identified a broad gamut of species at risk, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians, as well…
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Pirates Take the Game

A prominent Mexican business leader is stepping up his calls for authorities to take action against a burgeoning, illegal economy. Jorge Davila, president of the Concanaco-Servytur business association, a grouping which represents merchants and members of the tourism industry, said this week that money made from pirate goods far outstrips legitimate earnings from foreign tourism,…
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Climate Disaster (and Denial) Grows

In the southwestern US, smoke from massive wildfires contaminates the air and forces evacuations. Located 200 miles from the mammoth Wallow Fire, the skies of Albuquerque, New Mexico, have recently resembled Los Angeles and Mexico City in their worst years of pollution. Stretching from Texas and New Mexico and deep into the Mexican interior, drought parches…
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New Border Environment Report

A new report from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lays out ongoing environmental initiatives and actions along the 2,000-mile US-Mexico border. Published in both English and Spanish, the report highlights some of the recent steps taken in meeting the goals of the Border 2012 Program, the centerpiece collaboration effort between the US and Mexico…
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The Enduring Jaguar

An enduring symbol of indigenous cultures in the Americas, the jaguar continues to hang on despite illegal hunting, habitat pressures and delays in implementing conservation plans. A new study that reveals the existence of more than 100 jaguars in the Mexican state of Jalisco is the latest report to document the ongoing presence of the…
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