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Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

Mexico City issues emergency alert as wildfire smoke fills air

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May 14 (UPI) -- Mexico City's environmental officials issued an emergency alert Tuesday as nearly two dozen fires worsened poor air quality in the region. The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis urged residents to avoid outdoor activities, and infants, the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to stay indoors entirely. The city's IMECA air quality index increased from 144 to 158. The index includes five levels on a scale from zero to more than 200. Zero to 50 is "good," 51 to 100 is "regular," 101 to 150 is "bad," 151 to 200 is "very bad" and more than 200 is "extremely bad." Firefighters are attempting to contain the wildfires, but to help reduce pollution in the city, officials asked residents to reduce emissions from vehicle use and notify authorities of any activities t...
21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

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A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said. The leak was caused by an illegal tap that fuel thieves had drilled into the pipeline in a small town in the state of Hidalgo, about 62 miles (100 kilometers) north of Mexico City, according to state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Video footage showed dozens of residents near the town of Tlahuelilpan gathered to collect spilled fuel in buckets, garbage cans and other vessels. It appeared an almost festive atmosphere as whole families gathered in a field as a geyser of fuel spouted dozens of feet into the air from the tap. Footage then showed flames shooti...
Citizen scientists, radar systems count 2B birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico

Citizen scientists, radar systems count 2B birds migrating across the Gulf of Mexico

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Jan. 9 (UPI) -- According to a new study that combined the observations of citizen scientists and weather radar stations, some 2 billion birds cross the Gulf of Mexico during the spring migration season. "We looked at data from thousands of eBird observers and 11 weather radar stations along the Gulf Coast from 1995 to 2015," Kyle Horton, a postdoctoral fellow at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, said in a news release. "We calculated that an average of 2.1 billion birds crosses the entire length the Gulf Coast each spring as they head north to their breeding grounds. Until now, we could only guess at the overall numbers from surveys done along small portions of the shoreline." Observations of birds by citizen scientists, documented on the Cornell Lab-managed app eBird, helped scientists ca...
Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

Tapped-out pipelines cause gas shortage in Mexico

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Motorists lined up for a fourth straight day at gas stations in western Mexico Tuesday as the government continued to restrict pipeline deliveries to combat illegal fuel taps. With pipelines riddled with illegal taps drilled by fuel thieves, the administration of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has switched to shipping fuel by tanker truck in a few western and central states. But there aren't enough trucks for the task. Lopez Obrador said fuel theft gangs have grown so bold — and have so many connections inside refineries — that they've been stealing gasoline and diesel directly from plants. Lopez Obrador said soldiers dispatched to guard depots and refineries found a 2-mile (3 kilometer) long hose leading from one refinery to a tank outside. Authorities said Monday tha...