How much waste does a Mexican generate in average?

How much waste does a Mexican generate in average?

Feb 21, 2018

The accumulation of solid urban waste (SUW) is a global problem and since it is a matter of environmental impact, it is crucial to start contributing to foster a better space for future generations, according to TECMED. With figures from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat), TECMED detailed that the generation of solid waste reached 53.1 million tons which is 62% more than in 2003 which means that each inhabitant generates, on average, 1.2 kilograms a day, that is 438 kilograms per year. The company specializing in integrated waste management processes detailed that the amount of waste produced by the inhabitants of the cities has been increasing at high speed, as a result of throwing away materials used in domestic activities. In a statement, TECMED explained that most modern societies achieve their development without adequately controlling negative environmental impact, due to the fact that human processes and activities imply the production of a large amounts of garbage. These include urban growth, industrial development, technological changes and changes in the consumption patterns of the population, among others.   TECMED also stated that countries with more developed economies belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), generate more solid waste than the rest of the world’s population. In 2010 about 44% of the SUW produced on the planet correspond to the OECD members; where Latin America and the Caribbean contributed with 12% of the total amount, just behind the countries that make up the Pacific and East Asian regions, with 21 percent. In the meanwhile data from the publication “What about waste, a global review of solid waste management” (“Qué pasa con los residuos, una revisión global del manejo de desechos sólidos”), published by the World Bank, showed in 2012 the figure of SUW was 1.3 billion tons per day, but by 2025 it could reach 2.2 billion. Source:...

One thousand buildings destroyed or damaged in Oaxaca after Feb. 16 earthquake

One thousand buildings destroyed or damaged in Oaxaca after Feb. 16 earthquake

Feb 20, 2018

After walking the streets of the community of Pinotepa Nacional, in the southern state of Oaxaca, and the epicenter of the 7.2 earthquake which shook Mexico last Friday Feb. 16, Governor, Alejandro Murat, claimed a preliminary survey has thus far reported 1,000 damaged buildings. Joined by the Minister of Social Development, Eviel Pérez, Murat stated damages have also been reported in 44 municipalities of Oaxaca; for this reason, his administration has requested the Disaster Declaration to the Ministry of the Interior, agency which will assess the extent of the damage to determine the corresponding compensation. Classes at public and private institutions have been suspended at the disaster area until the damage survey is concluded, according to Murat. The Governor also said he has issued the order to the Civil Protection Coordination of Oaxaca to coordinate the reconstruction of homes and school buildings, and the implementation of temporary attention centers so citizens can file their reports before the proper authorities. No fatal victims have been reported, according to the information shared by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto on his Tweeter account: “So far, the National Emergency Committee hasn’t reported any fatal victim of the quake.” said Peña on Twitter. Source: El...

Earthquake of 4.1 recorded 15 miles east of Mexicali on Saturday, February 17

Earthquake of 4.1 recorded 15 miles east of Mexicali on Saturday, February 17

Feb 19, 2018

On the night of Saturday, February 17, there was an earthquake of magnitude 4.1 points in the Richter scale, east of Mexicali, reported the National Seismological Service. The quake was located 27 kilometers east of this municipality, latitude 32.64 ° and longitude -115.18 °, with a depth of 4 kilometers. So far no damages have been reported. It should be mentioned that hours later, another tremor of magnitude 3.4 was registered, 85 kilometers east of Rodolfo Sánchez, Taboada (Maneadero), with a depth of 5 kilometers. In total there have been 4 earthquakes reported by the SSN between February 17 and 19 in the state of Baja California, with the 4.1 registered to the east of Mexicali being the highest intensity. At 17:04 hours on Saturday, February 17: Earthquake of magnitude 2.7 points in the Richter Scale, located 60 kilometers north of San Felipe, BC, with a depth of 4 km. At 6:06 pm on Saturday, February 17: Earthquake of magnitude 2.6 points in the Richter Scale, located 73 kilometers southwest of Guadalupe Victoria, BC, with a depth of 16 km. At 23:49 hours on Saturday, February 17: Earthquake of magnitude 4.1 points in the Richter Scale, located 27 kilometers east of Mexicali, BC, with a depth of 4 km. At 03:20 hours on Sunday, February 18: Earthquake of magnitude 3.4 points in the Richter Scale, located 85 kilometers east of Rodolfo Sánchez Toboada (Maneadero), BC, with a depth of 5 km. Source:  Sismológico Nacional (@SSNMexico) 18 de febrero de...

South Africa drought declared national disaster: T-minus 3 months to Cape Town’s Day Zero

South Africa drought declared national disaster: T-minus 3 months to Cape Town’s Day Zero

Feb 14, 2018

According to South African news website eNCA , on Tuesday February 13, South Africa  declared a “national disaster” over the drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatens to leave the City of Cape Town absolutely without running tap water. In a notice published in the government gazette, the Department of Co-operative Governance said it had elevated the drought to a “national disaster” after it reassessed its “magnitude and severity”. Last week, Co-operative Governance minister Des van Rooyen said this classification means management of the droughts in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape will move to national government. Van Rooyen said more than R70-million has been allocated to deal with the drought. If the city runs out of water in June, as expected, it will be the first major city in a developed country in the world to do so. At the same time, Day Zero, when Cape Town is expected to run out of water, has been pushed back from May 11 to June 1, the city said in a statement on Tuesday Feb. 13. This is “due to the continued decline in agricultural usage, and also as a result of Capetonians reducing their water usage in co-operation with the City of Cape Town’s efforts to bring down consumption,” it said. Earlier this month, the Groenland Water Users’ Association made 10 billion litres of water available by pumping it into the Steenbras Dam. However, residents have still not reached the daily target of 450 litres per day, which equates to 50 litres per person. Currently, usage stands at 526 million litres per day with dam levels at 24,6 percent. “If we continue to work as a team to lower our consumption to 450 million litres per day as required, we will become known as one of the most resilient cities in the world. We are fast becoming a leading example of a large city that is fundamentally changing its relationship with water,” the city said. “The city will continue to implement pressure management to reduce usage, to install water management devices at the properties of high users and to conduct blitzes to ensure that all water users adhere to the water restrictions. All preparations for the possibility of reaching Day Zero...

Once again sewage spill in Tijuana forces beach closures in San Diego County

Once again sewage spill in Tijuana forces beach closures in San Diego County

Feb 12, 2018

San Diego county beaches near the US-Mexico border remain closed on Monday Feb. 12, due to sewage-contaminated runoff from the Tijuana River. The shoreline was closed Sunday Feb. 11 and remains closed from the border to the northern boundary of the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife refuge after testing showed unsafe water quality. Officials also issued a precautionary advisory for the beach from the slough boundary to Carnation Avenue in Imperial Beach with both the closure and advisory set to remain in place until testing confirms water quality meets health standards, the agency said. The contaminated test came after a Friday morning incident in which a partial power failure at a Tijuana treatment facility allowed more than half-a-million gallons of water to flow through the Tijuana River across the border unhindered, according to the International Boundary and Water Commission. Officials sample the water quality in the area weekly, the environmental health department said, and sewage from the Tijuana River frequently results in closures during the winter rainy season. Source: CBS...

Earthquakes cause evacuations from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara

Earthquakes cause evacuations from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara

Feb 11, 2018

On Friday Feb. 9, the National Seismological Service reported two different earthquaks in Jalisco, one magnitude 4.5 and another magnitude 5.9, the governor of the state, Aristóteles Sandoval, confirmed the information and asked to remain calm. The government of Guadalajara reported the preventive evacuation of approximately 5,000 people from the Municipal Palace, and other public and governmental buildings, as well as in the municipalities of Zapopan and Tlajomulco; in addition, some schools were asked to evacuate in Puerto Vallarta as a precaution. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake occurred at about 8:05 a.m. Central Standard Time (14:05 GMT) Friday. It was centered about 19 miles (30 kilometers) off the coast near the border between the states of Jalisco and Colima. The Jalisco state civil defense office said initial inspections revealed no injuries or damages attributable to the quake. Sources: State Gov. Aristóteles Sandoval, Jalisco Fire Chief Lopez Rivas, Mexico SSN (Servicio Sismológico Nacional), US. Geological...