How global warming is making Mexico City’s smog worse

By 2010, when Mexico City hosted a UN climate change conference, it was hailed as a poster child for anti-pollution measures.
By 2010, when Mexico City hosted a UN climate change conference, it was hailed as a poster child for anti-pollution measures.

By Ioan Grillo / GlobalPost

On a sweaty May morning in this sprawling mountain capital, residents heard a painfully familiar warning on the radio and TV.

Air pollution was at dangerous levels, environmental authorities said. People were advised to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid exercise. Asthma sufferers should take particular care.

The “environmental pre-contingency” on May 9 was the fourth so far this year, compared to three in all of 2014. The warnings are a reminder of the long uphill battle against dirty air in North America’s largest city — which has been a laboratory for pollution in megacities around the planet.

This rise comes after years in which Mexico City air has been getting cleaner, thanks to concerted campaigns. But while some problems have been resolved, others appear.

One issue is that Mexico is getting steadily hotter, apparently due to global warming. Higher temperatures mean that pollutants release faster into the air.

Last year, Stanford scientists published a paper predicting that global warming will increase air pollution levels in cities around the world. It highlighted Mexico, along with India, as places of particular concern.

http://www.dailynews.com/environment-and-nature/20150601/how-global-warming-is-making-mexico-city-smog-worse

Longtime diplomat tapped to be ambassador to Mexico

Roberta JacobsonDallas News – President Barack Obama on Monday nominated a longtime diplomat to become the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico. Roberta S. Jacobson, 53, is assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs and in recent months has played a key role in working toward restoring relations with Cuba.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/nationworld/mexico/20150601-obama-taps-longtime-diplomat-to-become-ambassador-to-mexico.ece

Regulator said to probing OHL accounting practices

Bloomberg – Mexican regulators began looking into OHL Mexico’s accounting practices last year and were moving to formally investigate the tollway operator before allegations of executives discussing bribing officials surfaced last month on YouTube, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-06-01/mexico-regulator-said-to-probe-ohl-unit-s-accounting-since-2014

Mexico shelves key part of education overhaul

The National Institute for the Evaluation of Education said there was no legal or technical justification for the suspension and called for it to be revoked.
The National Institute for the Evaluation of Education said there was no legal or technical justification for the suspension and called for it to be revoked.

By Anthony Harrup / Wall Street Journal

The Mexican government suspended indefinitely its planned teacher evaluations that were a cornerstone of the country’s education overhaul, in a decision ahead of midterm elections that dissident teacher groups threatened to boycott.

The evaluations for teachers had been scheduled for coming months.

The Education Ministry didn’t explain its reasons for suspending the tests, except to say in a statement that there were “new elements to be considered.”

The education reform was the first of a series of legal changes pushed through Congress by the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto, and so far the one that has faced the toughest opposition.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/mexico-shelves-key-part-of-education-overhaul-1433016183

Enrique Iglesias slices hand grabbing drone at concert

EOnline – Enrique Iglesias suffered a bloody injury in an accident involving a drone at a concert. The 40-year-old Latin pop singer was performing in front of some 12,000 people in Tijuana when he grabbed a drone used to capture photos and some of his fingers were sliced.

http://www.eonline.com/news/661646/enrique-iglesias-suffers-bloody-injury-in-drone-accident-at-tijuana-mexico-concert-see-the-scary-photos

Fewer workers willing to harvest agave for tequila

Jimador TequilaThe Guardian – While the demand for high-quality tequila is rising year on year, with the industry worth over $1 billion and seven out of 10 litres produced now exported worldwide, the younger male generations who would once have taken on the mantle of their fathers to become jimadores are turning away from the agricultural way of life in droves.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/mexico-tequila-heartland-craft-danger-dying-out