Fronteras – Demand for avocados in the United States has quadrupled in the last 20 years. America’s growing love for the fruit may be harming the fragile habitat of the monarch butterfly, whose winter home is in the forests of central Mexico, not far from where the majority of the avocados Americans consume are grown.
National Geographic -The coast of Mexico has more than 700,000 hectares of mangroves, 5 percent of the world total, making it the fourth country in the world in area of this kind of ecosystem, after Indonesia, Brazil and Australia.
Dario de Yucatan – Many parts of the Nichupte lagoon system near the hotel zone of Cancun are peppered with pockets of contamination of harmful substances, said the director of an environmental group.
La Voz de la Frontera – Profepa revealed that 150 turtles were found dead on the shores of the Scammon Lagoon off of Baja California Sur.
AP – The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 percent from last year’s lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
The Dragon Mart, a trade mart being built in the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo with Chinese investment, has been ordered to shut down due to environmental damage caused by the project.
The project, located in the El Tucan district of the city of Benito Juarez, was ordered to close down following a visit by federal environmental inspectors who determined that developers had failed to comply with orders recently issued by officials, the director of the Profepa environmental protection agency, Guillermo Haro, said in a press conference.
Developer Real Estate Dragon Mart was building the trade mart in a jungle area that is home to wildlife and a coastal ecosystem that are “all protected” by environmental laws, Haro said.
The project “has affected the area’s biodiversity” and the “productive capacity of the forest lands,” the Profepa chief said.
The developers of the Dragon Mart project planned to build 722 residential units and 20 warehouses, as well as 3,000 spaces for businesses, on 204 hectares (503 acres).
Dragon Mart was designed to be an exhibition center for merchandise from China, providing an opportunity for companies from the Asian nation to make contacts in Mexico and Central America.
Sentido Comun -The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, or Profepa, shut down work on the Quintana Roo convention center, Dragon Mart, after finding evidence of environmental damage generated by the construction.
AP – Mexican authorities have caught three boats shrimping in a refuge for the endangered vaquita marina. The three also face sanctions for violating a fishing ban for the region due to red tide.
EFE -Four sea lions and 550 birds found dead on the coast of the Sea of Cortez in the northwestern state of Baja California probably died as a consequence of climate change, Mexico’s environmental protection agency said.
El Siglo de Torreon – Mexico’s environmental protection agency said 14 gray whales (13 calves and an adult) and 16 sea turtles have been found dead along the Baja California Sur coast. It attributed the deaths to natural causes.
AP – More Monarch butterflies appear to have made the long flight from the U.S. and Canada to their winter nesting ground in western Mexico. But experts still fear that unusual cold temperatures will threaten the orange and black insects.
El Occidental – The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection said 781 tons of hazardous materials, substances and waste were carried out at ports and borders during 2014.