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Were dinosaurs killed off by asteroid or volcanoes? It's complicated

Before the 1980s, the dominant theory had been that huge and prolonged volcanic eruptions caused a rapid and deadly shift in the planet's climate by sending vast clouds of ash, gas and dust into the atmosphere. Then scientists discovered the huge Chicxulub crater of an ancient asteroid impact off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, which they posited had sent so much debris into the atmosphere that it hampered photosynthesis in plants and killed off three-quarters of life on Earth. The authors of t...
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Mexico president says no more Pemex oil joint ventures for now

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday Mexico will not offer more oil joint ventures between private companies and state energy company Pemex indefinitely, raising doubts about auctions set for October. In reply to a question about the contracts, known in the industry as "farm-outs," Lopez Obrador said the country would not offer more until existing projects began producing oil. Credit ratings agency Fitch downgraded Pemex in January, citing precarious finances and a collapse i...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Fitch, Pemex, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador


How the Next President Could Declare a National Emergency Over Climate Change

On Friday, President Trump tossed precedent out the window and declared a national emergency to pay for an unneeded border wall he previously promised Mexico would pay for.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Trump, Trump Administration, National Emergency, Actual Emergencies


Mexico to inject $3.9 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

It now holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. Fitch said on Friday that the plan, which includes additional tax cuts, more government spending on the company and debt refinancing, would likely not be enough to prevent "continued deterioration" in Pemex's credit quality. The agency cited an ongoing "significant level of underinvestment" for Pemex.
Tags: Science, Mexico, Latin America, Fitch, Pemex


Mexico to inject $3.6 billion in Pemex, seeks to prevent credit downgrade

Mexico will inject $3.6 billion into ailing state oil company Pemex, officials said on Friday, promising to strengthen its finances and prevent a further credit downgrade, although investors saw the plan as only a short-term fix. It now holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. Fitch said on Friday that the plan, which includes additional tax cuts, more government spending on the company and debt refinancing, would likely not be eno...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Latin America, Fitch, Pemex


Mexico will do whatever it takes to prevent Pemex downgrade

It now holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. "The announcement is positive and could be enough to remedy the company additional financial needs for 2019," said Edgar Cruz, global markets credit research at BBVA in Mexico, while warning that it would not stave off another crunch next year. Over the next three years, Pemex must make more than $27 billion in debt payments.
Tags: Science, Mexico, Latin America, Bbva, Pemex, Edgar Cruz


Mexico to pump $3.6 billion to relieve ailing Pemex, more if needed

Mexico will inject $3.6 billion into ailing state-owned oil company Pemex, including by reducing taxes and refinancing debt, officials said Friday, promising to do "whatever is takes" to strengthen its finances and prevent a further credit downgrade. It now holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. "The announcement is positive and could be enough to remedy the company additional financial needs for 2019," said Edgar Cruz, global ma...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Latin America, Bbva, Pemex, Edgar Cruz


Mexico to pump $3.6 billion into ailing oil firm Pemex in relief plan

Mexico's government will inject $3.6 billion into ailing state-owned oil company Pemex, including by reducing taxes paid, company officials said on Friday, a move aimed at improving the firm's balance sheet and preventing a further downgrade to its credit rating. Formally known as Petroleos Mexicanos, the firm holds roughly $106 billion in financial debt, the highest of any national oil company in Latin America. Pemex will receive $1.8 billion in pension liability monetization as part of the n...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Pemex, Petroleos Mexicanos, Latin America Pemex


Earth is greener than it was 20 years ago, but not why you think

Two NASA satellites have watched Earth grow greener over the last 20 years -- in large part because China is hellbent on planting millions of trees. Earth's greening -- meaning the increase in areas covered by green leaves -- has made the greatest gains in China and India since the mid-1990s. "The effect comes mostly from ambitious tree-planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries," NASA wrote on Tuesday as it released maps of the planet-wide changes. China kickstar...
Tags: Science, Greece, Mexico, China, India, Nasa, Earth, Arctic, Brazil, North America, Ames Research Center, Trump, Amazon Basin, Rama Nemani, Canada Vast


This map will show you how climate change will transform your city

As the Earth gradually warms up due to human activity like the burning of fossil fuels, whatever city or town you call home will eventually feel the effects. That might be hard to imagine if you're sitting in a foot of snow right now, but localized weather patterns only tell part of the story, and the average temperatures across the board will indeed continue to spike unless we can curb our thirst for pollutants.Visualizing those changes can be hard, but a new interactive map of the U.S. doe...
Tags: Florida, Science, Mexico, Earth, Arkansas, Central America, Midwest


Texas showdown: O'Rourke, Trump hold dueling rallies over wall

O’Rourke, who lost in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Texas, promised to blast Trump for stoking "false fear" about immigrants and telling "lies" about his hometown El Paso, which Trump said was a dangerous place before it had a border fence. In a conference call with reporters, O'Rourke said his counter-rally two hundred yards from the Trump event would be a "powerful, beautiful" response to "Trump's lies about our community, the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrants, about Mexicans." Trump is tra...
Tags: Texas, Science, Mexico, Senate, Trump, El Paso, O Rourke, Rourke Trump


California pulls most National Guard troops from U.S.-Mexico border

Newsom said most of the roughly 360 National Guard members deployed to the border would be reassigned to other duties in the state, with about 100 remaining behind as part of a task force targeting drug trafficking and cartels. The governor, a Democrat who took office in January, said border crossings were at their lowest level since 1971 and that the state's undocumented population had dropped to a more than 10-year low.
Tags: Science, California, Mexico, National Guard, Newsom


Mexico president calls for steps to keep power prices low

Lopez Obrador noted that the state-run utility is already contractually obliged to pay billions of dollars to the private firms that developed seven gas pipelines to supply power stations, even though the projects are incomplete and unable to deliver gas. "If the pipelines can't be built, as is happening in seven large gas pipelines, the companies still have to be paid even if there is no gas," said Lopez Obrador. IEnova's shares dropped 6.7 percent, TransCanada's were down 0.5 percent and Car...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Lopez Obrador, Carso


Mexico's President wants private energy firms not to hike electricity prices

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he wants to revise the contracts that private energy companies have with state-run power utility CFE and reach an agreement with those firms so they do not hike electricity prices. "We are looking to achieve a voluntary restructuring of agreements and commitments within the framework of the law ... The Mexican government is committed to not increase electricity prices for consumers, but we want private comp...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Mexico City, Reuters Mexico, CFE, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador


Mexico wants firms to revise contracts so electric rates don't rise

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday he wants to revise the contracts that private energy companies have with state-run power utility CFE so they do not hike electricity prices. "We are urging companies that have agreements with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to come together to review contracts and above all to reach an agreement that electricity prices will not increase," Lopez Obrador said during his morning press conference. "We are looking to achieve a vo...
Tags: Science, Mexico, CFE, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Federal Electricity Commission CFE


Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 February 2019

Exciting news! We’re offering a new Scotland tour in September (details immediately below), and this time we not only have a ride on this, the “Harry Potter” steam train, but we also, in the other direction, have a photo stop where we can photograph the train crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct. Good morning Lots of touring news this morning. Our new Loire Valley Land Cruise in September has proven to be popular, with three people already signed up and another four expected to be joining th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Science, London, Sweden, Obama, California, North Korea, Mexico, France, Scotland, China, Germany, Trains, Miscellaneous, US


Mexico astronomers reduce use of research sites due to crime

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Astronomers have become the latest victims of Mexico’s violence with activities at two observatories being reduced because their staff suffered crimes while travelling to the remote mountain sites, researcher said Thursday. The problems occurred near the Alfonso Serrano Large Millimeter Telescope, or LMT, in the central Mexico state of Puebla. It […]
Tags: Science, News, Mexico, Ap, Nation, Mexico City, Puebla, Alfonso Serrano Large Millimeter Telescope


Trump to press border wall fight in State of the Union speech

At 9 p.m. (0200 GMT Wednesday) before a joint session of Congress, Trump will likely stir contention with remarks on immigration policy, after his demand for $5.7 billion in wall funds triggered a historic 35-day partial government shutdown that more than half of Americans blamed him for, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling. Millions of Americans were expected to be watching the address on television, giving Trump his biggest opportunity to date to explain why he believes a barrier is needed on ...
Tags: Science, Mexico, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Reuters Ipsos, Congress Trump


EU nations support Venezuela's Guaido as anti-Maduro bloc grows

The coordinated recognition by a flood of European Union nations including Britain, Germany, France and Spain followed the expiration of an ultimatum for Maduro to call a new presidential election, aligning them with Washington and against Russia and China. The 14-nation so-called Lima Group, which includes Canada and Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico but not the United States, met in Ottawa to discuss the way forward on Venezuela. Although Washington has broached the idea of ...
Tags: Science, Washington, Mexico, China, Russia, Eu, Spain, European Union, Canada, United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Ottawa, Maduro, Lima Group, Guaido


EU nations back Venezuela's Guaido as anti-Maduro bloc grows

Britain, Germany, France, Spain and seven more European Union members - followed the expiration of an ultimatum for Maduro to call a new presidential election, aligning them with Washington and against Russia and China. The 14-nation so-called Lima Group, which includes Canada and Latin American countries such as Brazil and Mexico but not the United States, met in Ottawa to discuss the way forward on Venezuela. Although Washington has broached the idea of an oil embargo on Venezuela, the Lima ...
Tags: Science, Washington, Mexico, China, Russia, Eu, European Union, Canada, United States, Brazil, Venezuela, Ottawa, Maduro, Lima Group, Guaido, Britain Germany France Spain


‘Real Time': Bill Maher Warns Republicans That Climate Change Could Destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s Beer

On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher tore into Republicans who he says ignore climate change, and warned of all the things global warming might render extinct — including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s beer. In the “New Rules” segment of the show, Maher started by saying America does need a wall: “A sea wall, because the ice is melting, and rising oceans are going to swallow Miami.” Maher asked, “What is it with Republicans and the environment? They never waver in their comm...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Mexico, America, Miami, Napa Valley, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Maher, Kavanaugh, France Italy, Rob Liefeld, Brett Kavanaugh


‘Real Time': Bill Maher Warns Republicans Climate Change Could Destroy Brett Kavanaugh’s Beer

On Friday’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher tore into Republicans for ignoring climate change, and warned of all the things global warming might render extinct — including Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s beer. In the “New Rules” segment of the show, Maher started by saying America does need a wall. “A sea wall, because the ice is melting, and rising oceans are going to swallow Miami.” Maher asked “what is it with republicans and the environment? They never waver in their commitment ...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, Mexico, America, Miami, Napa Valley, Bill Maher, Ann Coulter, Maher, France Italy, Rob Liefeld, Brett Kavanaugh


Environmentalists attacked on Mexico porpoise patrol

Environmental group Sea Shepherd said Friday one of its ships had been attacked by 20 boats while patrolling off the coast of Mexico to protect the endangered vaquita marina porpoise from illegal fishermen. Attackers on high-speed boats threw Molotov cocktails and large rocks at the M/V Farley Mowat in the Gulf of California on Thursday, shattering windows and igniting a fire on the patrol ship, Sea Shepherd said in a statement. It is the second time the organization's patrol ships have come u...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Gulf Of California, Sea Shepherd, Farley Mowat


Mexico's fuel thieves undeterred by deadly blast

Soldiers patrolling this area in central Mexico after the Jan. 18 tragedy told Reuters they found 15 illicit spigots just a few kilometers away on the same pipeline operated by the nation's state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos or Pemex. Such is the mammoth task confronting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who has vowed to end Mexico's rampant fuel theft. In December, Lopez Obrador announced a crackdown on the banditry.
Tags: Science, Mexico, Reuters, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Petroleos Mexicanos, Pemex Such


Trump Announces End to 5-Week Government Shutdown with Temporary Fix

The longest government shutdown in U.S. history is over. President Donald Trump announced today (Jan. 25) that he'll sign a temporary government-funding continuing resolution (CR), ending the five-week partial shutdown that shuttered much of NASA, among other government agencies. The shutdown fight revolved around funding for wall-building across parts of the United States' border with Mexico. President Trump wanted nearly $6 billion for this purpose, and Congress -- specifically, the ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Mexico, Nasa, United States, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Trump, Ike, Mike Wall, Facebook Originally, Dreier, Meghan Bartels, Casey Dreier, Karl Tate


Vaccine hesitancy would harm pandemic flu response

The rise of fake news and “vaccine fatigue” could seriously harm the response to a global flu pandemic on the scale of the 2009 swine flu outbreak, experts have warned. Flu experts told a conference on pandemic preparedness at Chatham House in London that falling public trust in vaccines and short memories meant that the world would struggle to fight a deadly outbreak of flu. Marc van Ranst, a virologist at Leuven University in Belgium and the man who led his country’s response to the 2009 swine...
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Death toll in Mexico gasoline pipeline blast climbs to 94: officials

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The number of people who died from a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week has risen to 94, government officials said on Tuesday, from 91 reported a day earlier https://reut.rs/2FGojjO. The explosion last Friday occurred as about 800 people in Hidalgo state's Tlahuelilpan district were collecting gasoline that was gushing from a pipeline leak near a major refinery. ...
Tags: Science, Mexico, Reuters, Hidalgo, Tlahuelilpan


Farewell to the 727, the ‘earth-trembling’ workhorse that brought air travel to millions

One of the aircraft that introduced the fundamentals of modern comfort and convenience to millions of travellers has flown its last passenger service. The Boeing 727 might not have been responsible for the dawn of the jet age, but its record-breaking popularity in the Sixties and Seventies was testament to the seachange it helped force when it became the stalwart of some of the world’s largest airlines. After its 1963 debut, it was the first Boeing commercial plane to sell more than 1,000 units ...
Tags: Europe, Science, North Korea, Mexico, US, San Francisco, Iran, UPS, Switzerland, Fokker, Kenya, Venezuela, Cia, Dc, Tehran, Donald Trump


Mexico pipeline explosion killed 89, Pemex defends response

There were also 51 people injured, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Over the weekend, a series of possible missteps by the current government became clear, from the delay in shutting off the pipeline, to relatives saying fuel shortages caused by the government's anti-theft policy attracted people to the leak.
Tags: Science, Mexico, Pemex, Jorge Alcocer


Death toll from Mexico pipeline explosion rises to 89: health minister

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The number of people killed in a gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico rose to 89, the country's health minister said on Monday. There were also 51 people injured, Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Friday's pipeline blast happened after hundreds of people has rushed to collect fuel from the leaking pipe. (Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Writing by Christine Murray; Editing by Marguerita Choy)
Tags: Science, Mexico, Reuters, Christine Murray, Jorge Alcocer, Adriana Barrera



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