Merida is a leader in Latin America’s fight against climate change

Merida Mayor Mauricio Vila explained the city's master plan to a visitor. (PHOTO:

Mérida was ranked as one of the leading cities in Latin America in the fight against climate change by having a platform that will allow it to report advances in its commitment to reduce the footprint of carbon and for registering transversal public policies in favor of sustainability. The foregoing was expressed by representatives of the foundations More...

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By Yucatan Times On Monday, March 20th, 2017

Synthetic materials’ microfibers in athletic wear are killing our oceans

Comfortable clothes are emerging as a source of plastic that’s increasingly ending up in the oceans and potentially contaminating seafood, according to Gulf Coast researchers launching a two-year study of microscopic More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Maya forest at high risk during fire season

FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Q. Roo — With the beginning of the critical season of forest fires in the Yucatan Peninsula, brigades from different communities of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo, are prepared More...

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By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
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Environmental and tourism groups oppose construction of 1,200 stilt houses in Bacalar

They fear that the stilt houses will contaminate the ecosystem. BACALAR, Q. Roo. — Representatives of tourism companies and environmental groups from the municipality of Bacalar were surprised by the announcement More...

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By Yucatan Times On Monday, March 13th, 2017
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Successful tour event helps La Plancha Park movement gain critical mass

Nearly 100 years old, Merida’s La Plancha railway station building has been rescued from abandonment and partially restored to reflect the glory of its heyday in the 1940s and 50s. Now used as an art school, More...

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By Yucatan Times On Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Developer planning hotel in Holbox protected zone

CANCUN — Construction plans have come to light for a hotel on a 4,287-square-meter lot in a protected area at the western tip of Holbox, promoted by Silver Emporium, S.A. Of C.V. The $2.5 million USD “Punta More...

Aerial view of devastated mangrove area (Photo: Noticaribe)
By Yucatan Times On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Environmental groups plot course to reverse loss of mangroves during World Ocean Summit

The World Ocean Summit, an event exploring how to sustain an ocean economy, wrapped up last week in Bali, Indonesia and will be held next year in Mexico. At the conference, the Global Mangrove Alliance lobbied More...

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By Yucatan Times On Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

The Magic Circle: Five ecosystems converge in central Mexico

For a while I’ve been asking myself how it’s possible that I keep finding new natural wonders to write about after 25 years of living near Guadalajara. So, one day I sat down with a map and drew a circle around More...

By Yucatan Times On Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Mexican tequila maker will turn agave waste into biofuel

One of Mexico’s most famous tequila companies, Herradura, hopes to turn into fuel the thousands of tonnes of waste it generates each year from the spiky blue agave plants used to make the spirit, and cut its More...

Wind turbines tower over cattle near the town of La Venta, in Mexico's Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Opponents of the proposed Eolica del Sur project complain that wind farms have ill effects on fishing and agriculture (Photo: Banderas News)
By Yucatan Times On Friday, March 3rd, 2017

‘Green’ energy in the Yucatan: MEL lecture Saturday

The next talk in Merida English Library’s Saturday Lecture Series will be given by Professor Shalanda Baker on “Renewable Energy and Green Development in the Yucatan.” The free talk will be March 4th, More...