Category Archives: Environment

As Rio Grande Crisis Deepens, New Study Recommends Management Innovations

The Rio Grande remains mired in crisis. During a time when the big squeeze is on from climate change, long-term drought conditions and increasing competition over the Rio Grande’s scarce resource, a timely new report makes recommendations on improving the management of a binational river. Authored by Dr. Luzma Fabiola Nava, postdoctoral fellow in the…
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Public Meeting on Former Smelter Site

Public Meeting on Former Asarco Smelter Site Readers of Frontera NorteSur in the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-New Mexico area might be interested in an upcoming public meeting on the environmental remediation project underway at the former Asarco smelter site in El Paso, Texas. Called by the Custodial Trustee in charge of the remediation, the meeting is…
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Latin American NGOs Ask Canada to Clean Up its Mining Act Abroad

A network of environmental and human rights activists from the Americas and Europe is appealing on Canada’s new prime minister to promote legislative and administrative reforms aimed at Canadian mining companies operating across the globe. In an April 25 letter to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, more than 190 non-governmental organizations, including Mexico’s Tlachinollan Human…
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What’s Up with Mexico’s Analog TVs and Asparagus Waste?

The Montreal-based Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has moved forward on three citizen complaints, or submissions, concerning environmental matters in Mexico.  Varied in nature, the submissions nevertheless have the common thread of challenging projects and practices that pose global economic imperatives against protecting the environment and combating climate change. After a process of many years,…
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Mexico Pays Up Rio Grande Water Debt

A potentially thorny water issue between the U.S. and Mexico has been averted for now. According to the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), Mexico’s debt of Rio Grande water with El Norte has been paid. In a statement released this week, the IBWC said Mexico made its final payment for…
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The Futures of Whales and Humans in Mexico

The Futures of Whales and Humans in Mexico For Katherina Audley, saving whales means more than just preserving a majestic species that delights and amazes its two-legged, land-lubbing neighbors. In Mexico, Audley’s involvement with the marine mammals also signifies scientific documentation, public education, economic development and community vibrancy. The founder of the non-profit Whales of…
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The Earth’s Chimney Rages

The Earth’s Chimney Rages Don’t let the East Coast Snow Slammer fool you. If record heat was registered in 2014 and 2015, expect even hotter temperatures in 2016 and succeeding years. That’s the prognosis of a climate research scientist who spoke this week in a Mexico City presentation organized by the Research Institute for Development,…
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Scientists Probe Border Groundwater Changes

Environment News Scientists Probe Border Groundwater Changes Years of recent drought in the southern New Mexico borderlands encouraged intensive pumping of groundwater in Dona Ana County. Faced with cutbacks in irrigation water from the Rio Grande, many farmers in Dona Ana County turned on the pumps to keep their crops-and livelihoods-growing. To get a handle…
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Reconsidering the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

Dr. Luzma Fabiola Nava was somewhat startled by the recreational activities she witnessed on a New Mexico stretch of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo.  Arriving in the Land of Enchantment to study the Rio Grande, Nava was accustomed to rivers in places like Canada that don’t dry up. “I was very, very surprised to see the…
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Jaguar Protection Mapped Out

Efforts to protect endangered Mexican jaguars are moving forward. In Mexico, the WWF-Telcel,  the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the federal government’s National Commission of Protected Areas (Conanp) have banded together to strategize ways to safeguard the survival of an emblematic big cat. Alejandro del Mazo, Conanp chief, terms jaguar protection a government…
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