Category Archives: Science & Technology

Piracy: The Real Economic End Game?

All across Mexico, roving vendors, street stands, storefronts and even trendy bars peddle pirated DVDs, masquerade tequila, copy-cat fashion brands and other untaxed goods. With hefty price hikes in store for cigarettes next month, tobacco is emerging as the latest pirated, hot commodity. Overall, the value of the so-called underground economy, which is anything but…
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Saving a Mexican Ecosystem

[datebad from=http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2010/11/20/environment-news-saving-a-mexican-ecosystem/] The Montreal-based North American Commission for Environmental Commission (CEC) announced November 19 a step forward in saving one of northern Mexico’s most important but endangered ecosystems. In a press statement, the CEC unveiled the formation of the Regional Alliance for Chihuahuan Desert Grasslands Conservation. According to the trinational commission set up under the…
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Climate Refugees and 21st Century Migration

[datebad from=http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2010/11/09/climate-refugees-and-21st-century-migration/] Are people who move because of climate change and/or extreme weather events migrants or refugees? Do older methods of farming and home-building hold key answers to the environmental challenges of the 21st century? These were among the questions addressed by international delegates meeting this week for the 4th Global Forum on Migration and…
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Climate Change in Baja California

[datebad from=sources] A new study sponsored by the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS) and three other Mexican academic institutions lays out some of the possible consequences of climate change in the ecologically-fragile Baja California Peninsula. Among the predictions are stronger hurricanes, changes in arroyo flows, loss of vegetation and soils, accelerated desertification, and…
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Digital D-Day on the Border

[baddate] A historic June snowstorm hit homes in Mexican border cities today. As the United States went from analog to digital television transmissions, many Mexican viewers who’ve long watched broadcasts from just across the border lost access to their favorite programs. In Ciudad Juarez, for example, viewers with analog-only television sets are no longer able…
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