NY Post – Americans’ love for avocados and rising prices for the highly exportable fruit are fueling the deforestation of central Mexico’s pine forests as farmers rapidly expand their orchards to feed demand.
Reuters – A significantly tougher rule governing heavy-duty truck emissions in Mexico will take effect in 2020, earlier than the truck industry had wanted. New heavy-duty vehicles will have to meet emission standards used by the United States and the European Union, known as Euro VI.
Fox News Latino – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated an elephant skull at Mission, Texas, after a Mexican national tried to drive the skull from the U.S. into Mexico on the flatbed of his pickup truck.
Fox News – The original popcorn, made from the first kinds of maize whose kernels puffed up when put to the fire, originated in Mexico and is in danger of extinction, something entrepreneur Rafael Mier is fighting to prevent with an agricultural project based on a heritage seed bank.
BBC – Mexican experts say they are completing work on digging up fossilised bones of a mammoth found near Mexico City. The bones are believed to be about 14,000 years old and were scattered, suggesting the mammoth had been cut up by humans for its meat and pelt.
USGS – Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Louisiana State University have identified a new genus and species of cavefish from Mexico, the Oaxaca Cave Sleeper, which is the first cave-adapted sleeper goby to be found in the Western Hemisphere.
Mexico Daily News – In Mexico, the golden eagle is the national symbol, emblazoned on the flag and the official seal, but it is probably more evident as a symbol than it is in real life: only about 100 couples have been estimated to remain.
AP – Dozens of writers, scientists and activists have signed an open letter to the presidents of the United States, Mexico and Canada warning that logging and mining threaten the reserve where monarch butterflies winter in the mountains west of Mexico City. The letter by Mexico’s Group of 100 warns that plans to revive an old gold and silver mine threatens water supplies in the reserve.
Televisa – Important in Mexico for biodiversity and ecological characteristics, 17 regions have been incorporated into the National System of Protected Areas (SINAP). Seventy-eight areas currently are covered by SINAP.
EFE – The Mexican government on Tuesday published a new regulation seeking to reduce air pollution in the Valle de Mexico by establishing “stricter” emission levels for public and private vehicles, as well as better control systems.
AP -Environmental authorities in Mexico have begun removing 800 to 900 wild goats from Espiritu Santo island off Baja California. The goats will be taken by boat to the Baja peninsula, where the first 100 will be given to a local university for research. The others will be given to goat herders on the peninsula.
AP – Mexico City officials issued their sixth pollution alert of the year Tuesday, but lifted it a few hours later after thunderstorms reduced pollution in the skies above the capital.
Dario de Yucatan – Greenpeace has revealed the presence of pesticides banned in other countries that are still used in Mexico as well as a substance that is not authorized for use in the country and two are restricted for their danger.
CBS – Two dozen pilot whales died after beaching themselves on the Baja California Peninsula despite efforts to move them into deeper waters. Only three of the 27 whales that came ashore were saved.
By Laurent Thome and Dennis Chong / phys.Org
The high-speed navy boat stopped on the moonlit waters of Mexico’s Gulf of California as sailors looked through binoculars for small vessels conducting illegal activities under the cover of darkness.
While naval forces patrol the seas to thwart drug trafficking, the sailors were not searching for cocaine ships that night off the coast of San Felipe, a fishing town.
They were hunting for poachers using banned gillnets to catch totoaba, a critically endangered fish whose swim bladders are dried and sold for tens of thousands of dollars on the black market in China despite an international prohibition.
The government beefed up patrols on the upper Gulf of California a year ago because the vast nets have also led to the near extinction of the world’s smallest porpoise, the vaquita marina (“little cow”).
Authorities have detained around 80 people while seizing more than 100 boats and hundreds of totoaba swim bladders.
“There is less illegal fishing,” said Joel Gonzalez Moreno, wildlife inspections director at the federal environmental protection prosecutor’s office.
Gonzalez Moreno said China only began to acknowledge the totoaba smuggling problem in January but is now collaborating with US and Mexican authorities to exchange information.
ABC – Mexico City is ordering 40 percent of cars and trucks to stay off the streets Thursday, extending for a third day a traffic cutback aimed at lessening pollution.
Fox News – Mexico City authorities have declared a new pollution alert and will require 40 percent of cars to keep off the streets today, Tuesday. The alert marks the second time in less than a month that the alert level has been reached.
El Dario – Greenpeace Mexico took samples of water and soil in the area of the April 20 explosion at the Pajaritos petrochemical complex in southern Veracruz, for the presence of hazardous chemicals.
Notimex – The jaguar is in danger of disappearing in Mexico as a result of the loss of more than 60 percent of its habitat in the country, alerted the coordinator of the international organization Panthera.
Telegraph – Researchers believe they have discovered how the internal compass is used by the monarch butterfly to determine their south-west flight when they migrate each autumn.