Lack of clarity in the results of pollution levels in Cerro Prieto

Lack of clarity in the results of pollution levels in Cerro Prieto

Jan 16, 2018

Almost two years after the Federal Government agreed to carry out studies on polluting emissions from the geothermal power plant in Mexicali, which was done by educational institutions in Mexico and the United States at a high cost, no formal information is given to the public yet. Mexicali, Baja California on January 12, 2018. – Representative of the Baja California Party (PBC) Jorge Eugenio Núñez described the process as “opaque and irresponsible”. The results were delivered on January 11, regarding the contamination levels generated by the Geothermal plant. Cerro Prieto, and according to the specialists, the figures are within the allowed spectrum.   “It seems irresponsible that no results are given to the people of the Mexicali Valley in such a sensitive issue. Absolutely no report, methodology or technical data is provided, not even to the media, “said the President of the Commission for Economic Development and Trade Binational. Núñez Lozano explained: “The investigation was demanded by citizens, and therefore, a Special Commission of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) carried out the study, without allowing the intervention of any other authority in the process of the investigation that was supposedly elaborated by researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the University of Berkeley, California, United States”. The results state that air pollution in the area is “within the tolerance ranges”, the levels of metals in the blood of the inhabitants are “within the margins”, and the water quality is “within the permissible levels”, but no details on the indexes of contamination established by international treaties or organisms are provided; so people don’t know if the situation is permissible for the environment and the human being. Data: · In May 1973, the Cerro Prieto Geothermal field began activities with the entry into commercial operation of the first two units of the Cerro Prieto I Power Plant. (II-2) · The Cerro Prieto V Geothermal Electric Field is the last one in the area put into service in 2012, which would cost more than 137 million dollars. (II-17), and it was projected that the investment would be recovered in 4 years. (II-18) · The budget determined for environmental protection measures of Cerro Prieto V would be less than...

State-level program needed to combat air pollution in Mexicali and Tijuana

State-level program needed to combat air pollution in Mexicali and Tijuana

Jan 12, 2018

The Secretariat of Environmental Protection of the State, said that it will respond to the State Commission on Human Rights, the work being done to reduce the levels of air pollution that exist  in Mexicali are way too high, specially the levels registered during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The secretary, Thelma Castañeda Custoria, said that there is progress in the issue of the state capital because there is already a Pro-Air Committee, where there are responsible authorities such as Civil Society Organizations and the Academy. She stated that there is a need for new laws that prohibit, or at least control pyrotechnics, in order to move forward on this matter. Regarding Tijuana, she expressed that this city also has high levels of air pollution, and that the situation could be worse if Tijuana was not by the sea, which helps to purify the air. Castañeda Custoria concluded saying that the topography of Mexicali is a disadvantage in comparison to other municipalities, however, the idea is to create a state-level program. Source: Secretaría de Protección al Ambiente del Estado de Baja...

Semarnat will maintain its strategies for the protection of jaguars in Yucatan

Semarnat will maintain its strategies for the protection of jaguars in Yucatan

Jan 10, 2018

“Semarnat will maintain its strategies and programs for the protection of the population of jaguars and other big felines that still survive in the Yucatecan territory”, assured the delegate of that unit, Carlos Berlín Montero. In an interview for Notimex, he recalled that for several years now, the federal government has taken action to prevent the killing of jaguars, often related to livestock activities and on other occasions with poaching. “For several years there have been awareness programs to promote a culture of respect for this magnificent animals, especially in areas with greater livestock activity, which is sometimes affected by the fact that some specimens hunt cows to feed themselves,” Berlin explained. “This has allowed to find joint solutions with the allegedly affected farmers making them understand that the jaguar is a very important and emblematic species for our culture”, he continued. “In addition, there is insurance through which the cattle breeder only has to inform the Secretary that one of his animals was killed by a jaguar so that the loss is restored, after the usual verification that it is indeed a jaguar”, he stressed. He explained that some studies indicate that the population of jaguars is about five thousand specimens throughout the Mexican territory, however there is no precise figure of the population that lives specifically in Yucatecan territory. “However, an important presence of jaguars has been identified in the eastern area of the state; in some specific points such as the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, the coastal community of San Felipe, the jungles near Valladolid, and there is also talk of sightings in the western part of the state, very close to the State Reserve of the Palmar”, the official said. This is an indication that despite being considered a species at risk, the works for its conservation have been succesful. The official said that the possibilities of saving the jaguar in the coming decades, requires a constant effort, with a regional vision and the sum of efforts from different sectors. “As for Semarnat, we will give continuity and support to all efforts aimed at protecting this emblematic species” Berlín Montero concluded. Source:...

At least 15 killed after major mudslide in Santa Barbara, California

At least 15 killed after major mudslide in Santa Barbara, California

Jan 10, 2018

At least 15 people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations on Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by southern California’s recent wildfires. Rescue crews used helicopters to lift people to safety because of blocked roads, and firefighters slogged through waist-high mud to pull a muck-covered 14-year-old girl out of the ruins of a home in Montecito, north-west of Los Angeles, where she had been trapped for hours. She was taken away on a stretcher. Most deaths were believed to have occurred in Montecito, a wealthy enclave of about 9,000 people north-west of Los Angeles that is home to such celebrities as Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, said Santa Barbara County spokesman David Villalobos. Winfrey’s home survived the storm and slides. At least 25 people were injured. Those numbers could increase when the search is deepened and expanded, with a major search-and-rescue team arriving from nearby Los Angeles County and help from the coastguard and national guard along with law enforcement. They will focus first on finding survivors. “Right now our assets are focused on determining if anyone is still alive in any of those structures that have been damaged,” Sheriff Bill Brown of Santa Barbara County said. The sheriff said “at least several dozen homes that have been either destroyed or severely damaged, and likely many other ones are in areas that are as-yet inaccessible.”   Click here for full article on The Guardian Source: The...

Earthquake of 4.2 causes no damage in Valle de la Trinidad, Ensenada

Earthquake of 4.2 causes no damage in Valle de la Trinidad, Ensenada

Jan 9, 2018

The City Council of the port of Ensenada, through their Municipal Civil Protection Department, announced that an earthquake was recorded on Sunday January 7, at 11:30 am without any damage being reported. The director of Civil Protection of the municipal government, Jaime Nieto de Maria y Campos stated that the earthquake was recorded northwest of the town of Valle de la Trinidad. The Seismic Network of Northwest Mexico in its web portal indicated that in the last three days there have been a total of three earthquakes associated with the main geological faults of the region. He added that the largest event occurred on January 7, 2018, and reports that it occurred at 12:30 PM, local time. He added that the magnitude of the earthquake was 4.2 and the epicenter was located 27.9 kilometers northwest of the town of Valle de la Trinidad, Baja California. Source: Protección Civil Municipal de...

Marine research begins in newly designated Revillagigedo National Park

Marine research begins in newly designated Revillagigedo National Park

Jan 5, 2018

From December 3 to 9, 2017, personnel from the Marine Ecosystems Laboratory of the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur (UABCS), experts from the Revillagigedo National Park and the Baja California and North Pacific Peninsula Regional Office of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas ( CONANP), visited 3 insular bodies of the recently declared Natural Reservoir, Revillagigedo National Park, aboard a large  Storm Vessel. During this period 12 diving expeditions were carried out in a period of 5 days. On the crossing to the islands of Socorro, San Benedicto and Roca Partida, censuses of fish, large pelagics, invertebrates, birds, marine mammals and sea turtle nesting sites were detected and monitored. As well as the coral reef conditions and the impact that recreational diving could bring to the area. A geo reference of beaches and other relevant sites was conducted as well. After the designation of the Revillagigedo National Park by President Enrique Peña Nieto on November 27, 2017, this is the first exploratory survey of public use and biological censuses in order to obtain information for the preparation of a long term marine monitoring project. The plan contemplates the inclusion of indicators of the effects of climate change, which will provide information that will be used for the management of public use programs of this Natural Protected Area (ANP). The impact data of the diving and reaction of the species will be integrated into the load capacity study for the area carried out in 2015 by M. en C. Patricia Alexandra Álvarez del Castillo Cárdenas. The Revillagigedo Archipelago is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean 386 km southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, 600 km off the coast of the state of Colima and approximately 386 km south of Cabo San Lucas, B.C.S. It is formed by the islands of San Benedicto, Socorro, Clarión and the islet of Roca Partida with its corresponding adjacent waters. The islands make up a habitat of vital importance for various endemic species of flora and fauna, particularly sea birds. The surrounding waters represent an exceptional convergence of two marine biogeographic regions: the Northeast Pacific and the Eastern Pacific. This Protected Natural Area is at the crossroads where...