Tour of proposed La Plancha Park site set for March 11

The former railway platform would be renovated. (PHOTO:

On Saturday March 11, the public is invited to tour the La Plancha railway station and staging yards in central Merida where activists hope to create a large Central Park-style green space. The tour, which will leave from the railway station at 9 a.m., will last about three hours. The departure point is located at Calle 55 and 48. A master plan has More...

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Flamngos are said to be rebouding in Yucatan. (PHOTO:
By Yucatan Times On Friday, February 24th, 2017

Yucatan flamingo population reportedly is rebounding

The Río Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in the East of Yucatan is one of the main nesting refuges in Mexico for pink flamingos. “It is a bird that identifies us as a state and as a country, even,” said Jorge More...

Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017 category winning shot from Yucatan cenote. (PHOTO: Nick Blake)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Yucatan cenote photo included among underwater contest winners

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Mayan farmers adapt to climate change with new techniques

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Blue-gray Tanager in Peruvian rainforest
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017


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Moon Palace was the main site for COP13, a UN environmental conference in December 2016.
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Mexican government paid entire $22 million bill for Cancun environmental conference

Hosting the UN’s Biodiversity Conference in Cancún in December cost the Mexican taxpayers over 462 million pesos, or USD $22 million. The cost of staging COP 13, as the event was called, was 50 million pesos More...

A Yucatan wind farm. (PHOTO:
By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Indigenous communities oppose wind farms in Yucatan

KIMBILÁ, Yucatan — Writing in, Emilio Godoy says Yucatan has become a new energy frontier in Mexico, while the indigenous population is fearful of losing out on their livelihoods. The growing More...

Beach erosion in Cancun. (PHOTO:
By Yucatan Times On Monday, February 20th, 2017

Authorities take steps to stop coastal erosion in Riviera Maya

Prior to the arrival of springbreakers to the state of Quintana Roo, actions need to be taken to counteract erosion in the main recreational areas of the Riviera Maya. This is how the beaches of five municipalities, More...

Three suspects lifted the turtle off the ground and hurled it back to the pavement, trying to break its shell. (Photo: Yahoo)
By Yucatan Times On Friday, February 17th, 2017
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Disabled U.S. Navy veteran beaten for trying to save turtle

Three suspects were arrested in Daytona Beach, Florida, on Tuesday February 14th, for allegedly beating a disabled veteran who attempted to stop them from torturing a turtle. Garry Blough, a disabled Gulf War Navy More...

Cenote cleanup in Yucatan continues. (PHOTO:
By Yucatan Times On Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Agency to supervise cleanup of 22 Yucatan cenotes in 2017

The federal delegate of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), Jorge Carlos Berlin Montero, announced that this year the agency will continue the rescue and cleanup of 22 cenotes in Yucatan. He More...