Cancun conference shines spotlight on Mexico’s progress in dealing with disasters

Hurricane Dean approaches the Yucatan Peninsula in 2007. (MAP: earthobservatory.nasa.gov)

Menaced by volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes, Mexico has made strides in forming a national plan to reduce those and other risks, but business and communities must be involved to make the country more robust in the long term, said its emergency services chief. Ahead of a major U.N. conference on disasters in the Mexican resort of Cancun, Luis Felipe More...

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By Yucatan Times On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Fifth annual Cozumel Scuba Fest set for June 20-25

COZUMEL — The Fifth Annual Cozumel Scuba Festival will take place June 20-25, Dive Magzine reports. Leading figures from the diving world including oceanographers, explorers, photographers and conservationists More...

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By Yucatan Times On Sunday, May 21st, 2017
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Peninsular environment notes

The state of Campeche administration of the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR), which presides Alonso Julián Pacheco Ucán, has reportedly refused to disclose information about the actual damages that have More...

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By Yucatan Times On Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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The natural wonders of Yucatan are appealing to Mexican travelers

They point out that it isn’t necessary to leave Mexico to find great natural sites like cenotes. MERIDA — In the United States, the marketing organization, Brand USA, warns about the fall of trips to that More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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Mexico is world’s second most beautiful country: World Economic Forum

México placed 2nd among the most naturally beautiful countries in the world, according to an article by Gwen McClure, Collaborator of Travel & Leisure Magazine. You’d be hard-pressed to find a country that More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, May 18th, 2017
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Robbery and destruction of Mayan sites reported in Campeche

CAMPECHE — Five complaints for looting and destruction of Mayan sites in Campeche were filed last year by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Jorge Alberto Aguilar Montero, head of the More...

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By Yucatan Times On Monday, May 15th, 2017
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Quintana Roo to spend millions of pesos on reforestation

CANCÚN — The Environmental Compensation Fund of Quintana Roo reached 59 million pesos that will be used for reforestation and restoration of vegetation, work that is under the supervision of the National More...

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By Yucatan Times On Monday, May 15th, 2017
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Private investment is requested to rescue Yucatan cenotes

MERIDA — Given the reduction of public funds intended to rescue Yucatán cenotes, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Environment (Seduma) and the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism of More...

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By Yucatan Times On Sunday, May 14th, 2017
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Wild animals invade Merida suburbs

Yucatan’s Secretary of Urban Development and Environment (Seduma), Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, acknowledged that the presence of wild animals in Merida’s suburban developments has become common, because More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, May 11th, 2017
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Adrian weakens to tropical depression in east Pacific; not expected to impact weather in Yucatan Peninsula

Adrian was the earliest tropical storm on record to form in the northeast Pacific Basin, but the weather system has already weakened to a tropical depression, weather.com reports. Despite the chance Adrian could More...