Ecological baths will be installed inside Bahia de Loreto National Park

Ecological baths will be installed inside Bahia de Loreto National Park

Jul 6, 2017

The director of the Loreto Bay National Park, Alejandro González, said that portable ecological baths will be installed onsite, in order to strengthen the care and protection of the ecosystem. “In that sense, he commented that, due to the recurring problems with latrines located on Coronado Island, several meetings were held with tourism service providers, civil society organizations, local authorities, and the National Park Directorate, where the situation was analyzed, and viable solutions sought”, he said. For that reason, necessary agreements were established and it was decided to remove the latrines to give way to the adaptation of a space where visitors and providers of tourist services will be able to locate the portable ecological bathrooms. “This way we will stop contaminating Coronado Island and other natural attractions located within Bahia de Loreto National Park”, he added. Gonzalez ended up declaring that he is only waiting to complete the corresponding procedures, to make way for their adaptation and start with the installation of these ecological bathrooms. With information of El Sudcaliforniano...

Environmental Activist Illegally Detained in Baja California Sur

Environmental Activist Illegally Detained in Baja California Sur

Jul 3, 2017

On the morning of Friday, May 19th2017, John Moreno, a lawyer and environmental activist, was arrested in Todos Santos, a small town at the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. Three agents in civilian clothes detained the 36-year-old father of three outside a coffee shop, and drove him to La Paz, the State Capital, in a brand new red pick up truck. At first, Moreno was told only that he needed to appear in court to testify. Once he was inside the vehicle, he was informed that he was under arrest, and his cell phone was confiscated. He was only allowed one phone call at 5 PM – once all government offices were closed for the weekend – ensuring that he encountered a significant delay in preparing his defense strategy. That same day, Joella Corado, a local 28-year-old health food storeowner and a former client of Moreno’s was also arrested and taken to La Paz. Both were accused of aggravated property theft and denied bail. The Tres Santos Connection For the past two years, John Moreno has acted as the pro-bono lawyer and spokesperson for a group of fishermen who oppose a touristic mega development called Tres Santos. Although slickly labelled as a sustainable and inclusive project that promises to create “an epicenter for well-being” for yoga and surf enthusiasts, the development has faced local opposition from the start. With the construction of its beachfront hotel on the dunes of the Punta Lobos beach, Tres Santos jeopardizes a naturally protected ocean access point used by fishermen for generations. Locals also fear that the planned construction of almost 4,500 high end homes will lead to the dramatic and unsustainable growth of a town that today barely reaches 6,000 inhabitants, irreversibly straining an already imperiled water aquifer. Alarmingly, this mega-project does not comply with the Todos Santos development plan (Plan de Desarrollo Urbano) approved in 2012, and yet the developers claim to have received all the necessary permits for construction. None of these permits have (to date) been published or made accessible to the public. Ever since planning and construction began, Tres Santos skillfully combined a seductive media presence – featuring glowing write-ups in Condé Nast Traveler, The New...

Worldwide heatwave with temperatures up to 57 degrees Celsius

Worldwide heatwave with temperatures up to 57 degrees Celsius

Jun 21, 2017

Even when conservatives as Donald Trump deny global warming and state it is a myth, regions of Europe, Middle East, Northern Africa and the USA have been showing record temperatures this summer beginning, according to the World Meteorological Organization (OMM). United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Kuwait and Morocco have registered temperatures as high as 54 Celsius degrees and according to the OMM, the climate change models will cause heat waves which will be more frequent, intense and will last longer and the hot days will be more numerous every year. In the United States the temperatures will reach up to 47 degrees Celsius in the Southwestern desert and California, the National Meteorology Service issued an extreme heat warning the week of 19th to 26th of June for parts of Nevada, Arizona and California, in Spain several cities broke high temperature records, reaching up to 41 degrees Celsius in Granada and 40.3 in Madrid. “The heat waves will be occurring in an early fashion and within a context where the Earth is going through another year of exceptionally high temperatures”, said Claire Nullis, OMM representative in a press conference in Geneva. Studies found that in the past five months, the temperatures reached the second highest record in the OMM history: “Even when in 2016 it was a little hotter, we had a combination of high temperatures with a strong El Niño phenomenon, this year we won’t have this phenomenon but the temperatures will be almost as...

Imperial County works with Mexicali to fix ozone levels

Imperial County works with Mexicali to fix ozone levels

May 24, 2017

Imperial County Air Pollution Control District said on Thursday April 27, that the region has a serious air pollution problem overhead and all around. ICAPCD Official Reyes Romero said, “There’s a problem with ozone, that we have exceeded the national standard for ozone.” At workshops in El Centro and Calexico on Thursday April 27, Romero said ozone levels are affected mostly by pollution coming across the border. “We are demonstrating thru this document that we would be in attainment with this standard but for transport of ozone from Mexicali, Mexico,” Romero said. Working with partners across the border helps. “Trying to find ways or projects to reduce emissions in Mexicali,” Romero said. A slight improvement in ozone data presented in the workshops showed the collaboration is working.   “There is a problem with ozone, but there is hope,” Romero said. An official from a Mexicali environmental group said more work is needed. Fernando Flores Pradez, Observatorio Ciudadano of Baja California, said, “We have a lot of factories, lots of regulations, but also a lot of pollution. It affects the border area.” He said pollution has no borders. “Pollution travels. It has no walls. It doesn’t stop,” Pradez said. He said Mexicali city officials want to fight pollution. “They prohibited the sale of fireworks in December. That helped a lot. It showed strength of will,” Pradez said.  ...

Local citizens try to clean after ecological tragedy in Mexicali lagoons caused by a housing development company

Local citizens try to clean after ecological tragedy in Mexicali lagoons caused by a housing development company

May 9, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR The Mexico-Campestre-Xochimilco lagoon system, is a body of water on the south of Mexicali, which was the origin of the Rio Nuevo, about 6 miles from the border between the USA and Mexico, causeway that is now an avenue called Los Presidentes or the Rio Nuevo as Mexicali natives still call it, in fact it is a station on the road of migrant birds that had made the lagoons a rest stop on their way. The three lagoons form a wetland that has suffered the attack of Casas Geo (a Real State developer) which wanted to install a private housing development, sort of privatizing the waters and the shores which are according to Mexican Law, property of the nation, and also a place where families made picnics or camped, and all of a sudden it was private property. Casas Geo didn’t succeed as desired in the undertaking and they left the houses abandoned and a serious environmental damage in the area, in 2014 a group of citizens tried to rescue the lagoons and they cleaned and set up a hiking path around the western shore of Mexico Lagoon, they sowed mesquite (native tree) on the eastern shore where the housing complex was supposed to be, now few remains of that effort, the paths has been destroyed the mesquites didn’t have enough water, the sole survivor is a sort of pyramid built with abandoned tires beside the lagoon. A real effort of concerned citizens to clean revive these lagoons which some entrepreneurial and commercial minds have visualized once more and corporative interests set eyes on the lagoons, elite environmentalist foundations are looking for financial profit and not the social benefit this could have because aside of a natural station for traveling flocks of several kinds of birds, as well as an environmental buffer of sorts which should be taken care of and foster in order to create a space of eco-amusement. Saul Castro Verdugo, director other Sports Institute of Baja California has set eyes on the lagoons, intending to build a rowing boats training track for Baja California athletes who, by the way, have state of the art training...

Aldir Bay: Ancestral natural wonder in danger

Aldir Bay: Ancestral natural wonder in danger

May 9, 2017

ALFREDO AZCARATE VARELA THE BAJA POST/EDITOR The salt plains of Aldir Bay and La Borrascosa at about 30 miles on the road from Santa Clara Gulf to Rocky Point in Sonora, Mexico, inlands belonging to Ejido Vicente Guerrero, are in danger due to the salt mining operation which was authorized in Hermosillo (Sonora capital) without the consent or knowledge of the Ejido members. The Ejido members were planning an eco-tourism and cultural-scientific development where Universities from California and Arizona already make field trips to study fossils, plants and animals as well as medicinal plants, an area which in the ancestral times of the Tohono people, was called the Desert Pharmacy, a natural hospital of sorts. The salt ceremonies of the Tohono Odham are part of the “use and custom” (ethnic traditions) and Julian Rivera and his sister Ofelia, brother and sister, carry the torch of this salt walk ceremony and the spiritual meanings that they have for the Tohono, join their voices to the Ejido members of Vicente Guerrero to demand a halt to the exploitation of the salt in La Borrascosa, where they have celebrated their ancestral ceremonies for hundreds of years. There are lawyers and anthropologists studying the case and doing all the paperwork to take this matter to the courts of Hermosillo, said Julián and Ofelia Rivera, whose family intends to maintain this tradition alive, since it is of utmost relevance to their...