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’Likely Catastrophic’ Hurricane Irma Slams Caribbean Islands as Category 5 Storm

The Canadian Press

Hurricane Irma roared into the Caribbean with record-setting force early Wednesday, shaking people in their homes on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda on a path toward Puerto Rico and possibly Florida by the weekend.

Planning Is Key to Protect Animals During Disasters

The Conversation

It is too early to know how many animals were affected by the severe weather spawned by Hurricane Harvey. But it is likely that millions of pets and livestock animals were impacted by this disaster. Now Irma is brewing in the Caribbean.

In OECD Member Nations, Mexico Ranks Number One in Teenage Pregnancy

El Universal

Mexico ranked first in teenage pregnancy, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The organization indicates that the figure increased from 30 to 37 per 1,000 between 2005 and 2011.

Cities & Companies Team Up to Tackle Water Crises

Thomson Reuters Foundation

With rising urban populations and ever scarcer water supplies, cities and companies are teaming up to invest billions of dollars in water management projects. The key issues include declining water quality, water shortages and flooding.

Mexican Cancer Survivor Says Donating Bone Marrow Is “Scary,” But Not Painful

Agencia EFE

Mexican opera singer Barbara Padilla, a cancer survivor who worries that misinformation makes many people hesitant to donate blood or tissue, says that in the case of bone marrow, donors face only a simple, non-surgical procedure

Storms Made Worse by Global Warming, Capitalism


As it turns out, Hurricane Harvey was made into the monster it is through to the effects of global warming and the ever hungry machine of capitalism.

Transmission of Dengue Fever, Zika and Chikungunya Declines in Mexico

Prensa Latina

Mexico has been able to reduce the transmission of dengue fever, chikungunya, and zika ailments starting from an integral strategy, the director of the National Center of Diseases Control and Prevention Programs of the Public Health Ministry reports.

Activists Blame Mexico Gov’t for Near-Loss of Vaquita

Agence France-Presse

While Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has embarked on a much-vaunted campaign to save the estimated 30 vaquitas that remain, the effort is too little, too late, said Greenpeace and other groups.

Older Hispanics Face Language and Cultural Barriers to Long-Term Care

The Associated Press

Close to one-half of older Hispanics have faced language or cultural barriers interacting with health care providers, and few have confidence in long-term care facilities to meet their needs.

Avocado Boom Is Challenging Mexico’s Environment

TRT World

As avocado trade grows, the world’s leading producer has inadvertently dumped a lot of pesticides into its water.

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