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Pollution Is So Bad In Mexico City The Government Issued Emergency Orders

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Mexico City has long suffered from severe air pollution, but the bad air quality has been at a whole other level since forest fires erupted over this past weekend.

Massive wildfires in southern Mexico have sent smoke streaming over Mexico City, turning the sunsets blood red and sending pollution levels skyrocketing. The city’s environmental commission has warned residents to stay indoors, and pollution levels could spike further in the coming days. The U.S. National Weather Service has already detected smoke aloft in the U.S.

The air is so bad the city is urging all residents to stay indoors.

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The government declared an environmental alert, ordering vehicles off the road and postponing the semi-finals of the first-division football league as a blanket of smog enveloped the sprawling capital.

It low key looks like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie.

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One Twitter user captured this perfectly, comparing Mexico City today with a scene from Blade Runner 2049. #OnPoint

It might make for some cool photos but the smoke could lead to serious health issues.

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Particulate matter measuring 2.5 micrometers or less, known as PM2.5, reached 158 micrograms per cubic meter of air at one measuring station on Tuesday morning, more than six times the World Health Organization daily mean recommended limit.

PM2.5 particles are thought to be particularly damaging because they are so small, they can penetrate the deepest parts of our lungs.

Others are trying to have a sense of humor about it.

But with such unhealthy levels of particulates, this is no laughing matter. The government is taking the necessary steps to limit the harm caused to citizens dealing with the pollution.

In fact, the pollution is so bad, the government has decided to close public schools.

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Many long term residents are pretty sure this is the first time the city has ever closed schools because of air pollution. That’s saying something in a city that has long suffered from severe air pollution.

They’ve issued less than clear warnings about breathing in the noxious air.

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Translation: Breathing has negative effects on your health. But like I’m pretty sure we all still have to breathe…right?

Or maybe not?

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Nope…I’m pretty sure that’s not an option.

Concerned people were quick to point out the possible connections to climate change.

The blazes come after an explosive spring. An AP report said 100,000 acres burned through March alone. And so far in 2019, Mexico City has experienced 73 days with temperatures higher than average.

Many Mexicans are frustrated at the nation’s slow approach to combating the industries and practices that fuel climate change.

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The city sits in a valley more than 2,200 meters above sea level. It’s surrounded by a ring of mountains that often trap smog over the capital, preventing it from dissipating.

Add to that major polluting industry and the more than five million cars on the city’s streets, an active towering volcano, and you have a recipe for bad air quality.

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Colombian Ambassador Basically Commits Treason After Admitting He Eats Taco Bell

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Colombian Ambassador Basically Commits Treason After Admitting He Eats Taco Bell

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The Internet, particularly the Colombian Internet, is aflame right now as news breaks that the Colombian ambassador to the US eats Taco Bell when he’s homesick.

In an interview with the Washington Post, which asked various ambassadors what they eat when they’re feeling homesick, Colombia’s ambassador admitted this major chisme and sent Colombians into WTF mode.  

In the interview, Mr. Santos admits his staff gives him a hard time but that he just can’t live without his Combo #1.

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For those of you who didn’t know, the ambassador breaks it down. The Combo #1 includes a burrito supreme, a hard-shell taco, and he gets it with a Diet Pepsi and fire salsa.

Basically, the Colombian Internet went into meltdown mode.

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I mean you’re in another country representing your homeland and you say you’re homesick for an American fast food chain…? Like really?

Some are already calling for him to be declared persona non grata.

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Ban him from Colombia if he likes his burrito supremes so damn much! No more arepas for you, Mr. Santos!

Others want him recalled to Colombia so he can face the music.

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Saying you eat Taco Bell to feel closer to your roots…your Colombian roots…is basically treason, right?

In his defence, apparently he’s more nostalgic for his college days in Texas than his native Colombia.

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The ambassador went university at the University of Texas, Austin and this is allegedly where his treasonous relationship with Taco Bell all started. He also admitted he eats the “best beef fajitas in the world” at Cactus Cantina, a place that reminds him of a favorite spot back in Austin.

Which makes sense because as one Twitter user pointed out, does Taco Bell even exist in Colombia?

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Upon further research, there used to be. In Bogota. But just four and that doesn’t excuse this major international incident.

Some have speculated that maybe the ambassador is simply after a free stay at the upcoming Tace Bell resort in Palm Springs…?

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Not #FakeNews. Taco Bell is opening up a luxury hotel in Palm Springs. Surely this was his motivation. And if he’s not after it, we definitely are.

Another Twitter user had a very important question:

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Obvio…we were all wondering the same.

All of this has us wishing the ambassador has taken advice from fellow ambassadors, we’re looking at you Mexico and Mongolia, and stuck to Colombian favorites like arepas or arequipe.

READ: Here Are 13 Antojitos People Bring Back After Traveling To Colombia

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