Lake Poopó, is was the second largest lake in Bolivia, and it’s as good as gone. With its demise, hundreds of families have lost their way of life, thousands of fish have died and 75 types of birds have left the region.
And yes, climate change was a factor on the now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t disappearing act, but it wan’t the only one. Aside from rising temperatures melted the glaciers that poured water into the lake, there are 100 mines that have been diverting water from the lake’s tributaries since 1982. What’s worse is that these mines have also contaminated what’s left of the lake with lead and cadmium causing the death of thousands of fish.
Many have blamed the government for not doing enough to preserve the lake in time, but that’s because the president, Evo Morales, remembers it drying up and coming back again, “My father told me about crossing the lake on a bicycle once when it dried up.”
Although the government has requested $141 million to treat the lake, Milton Pérez, a researcher at Universidad Técnica says, “I don’t think we’ll be seeing the azure mirror of Poopó again. I think we’ve lost it.”
Learn more about what’s happening with Lake Poopó from The New York Timeshere.
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There has been some seriously wild weather happening all around the globe in recent weeks.
From the record-breaking heat wave across Europe (Paris hit an all-time record high of 112ºF) to the tornado outbreaks in the US, it’s been a wild weather rollercoaster.
And now it’s Mexico’s turn. The city of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second largest, saw some truly freaky weather over the weekend.
Guadalajara is dealing with the aftermath of a record-shattering hail storm.
Residents of the Mexican city of Guadalajara woke up to a massive hailstorm Sunday that covered several neighborhoods in a layer of ice up to five feet thick in some areas.
The hailstorm hit Guadalajara at around 2 a.m. Sunday, the AFP reports, when the temperature suddenly dropped after several weeks of extreme summer heat.
Guadalajara, one of Mexico’s most populous cities, had residents trapped inside their homes and vehicles as the hail creeped inside stores and left ice mounted on top of cars making roads impassable.
The government of Jalisco has been working with the Mexican Army and Guadalajara and Tlaquepaque authorities to clean and remove the hail from all public roads, the governor said, as well as support citizens whose homes were affected.
While hail storms are relatively normal in Guadalajara, a storm of this magnitude is one for the record books.
At least six neighborhoods in the city outskirts woke up to hail up to six feet deep.
While children scampered around and hurled iceballs at each other, civil protection personnel and soldiers brought out heavy machinery to clear the roads.
Nearly 200 homes and businesses reported hail damage, and at least 50 vehicles were swept away by the deluge of ice in hilly areas, some buried under piles of hail.
While no casualties were reported, two people showed “early signs of hypothermia,” the state civil protection office said.
Jalisco’s governor, the state where Guadalajara is located, begged the question of how can people still question climate change.
Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, which Guadalajara is the capital of, said he’d never witnessed scenes like those he saw Sunday morning.
“Hail more than a meter high, and then we wonder if climate change exists,” he said on Twitter.
While some in the city decided to take advantage of the free ice.
Because when life gives you free ice…obviously you don’t let that go to waste.
Videos of the freak hail storm are making their way around social media and…OMG!
This is some seriously wild weather!
Many on Twitter reminded all of us of the movie “The Day After Tomorrow.”
I mean it’s not too far of a stretch. Weather like this is not normal in Guadalajara, especially at this level.
No place was safe…not even the beloved Oxxo convenience store chain.
When the local Oxxo has problems, you know things are bad.
The World Naked Bike Ride is a growing movement of naked cyclists taking to the streets in cities across the world.
They ride naked to bring attention to climate change, toxic car culture, bike safety, and so much more, leaving tias and abuelas in shock everywhere.
And this past weekend, the World Naked Bike Ride came to Mexico City for the 13th time and it was the city’s largest one yet.
The crowds came out to protest the city’s heavy reliance on cars and the toxic car culture that makes it downright dangerous to ride a bike.
Each and every day some 8 million cars take to the streets and contribute to the city’s notorious traffic. But they also form a huge part of the city’s problem with record-breaking pollution that often reaches crisis levels.
The route took riders through the city’s most popular neighborhoods and along its busiest streets.
From the famed Palacio de Bellas Artes along Paseo Reforma – the city’s main boulevard – to the Monumento de la Revolucion, this year’s WNBR didn’t go unnoticed.
Being noticed was exactly their point.
In a city where accidents with bicycles happen all too often, these riders wanted to grab the attention of motorists. Many are hoping events like this will create greater awareness of bike safety.
Mexico City already has hundreds of miles of dedicated bike lanes, but even these can be dangerous for cyclists. They’re often blocked by cars or used by motorcycle drivers.
Biking wasn’t the only option as the route was joined by rollerbladers and skateboarders.
It’s estimated that some 3,000 people joined this year’s WNBR in Mexico City, making it the largest the city has seen in its 13 years of hosting the event.
And some riders used the event to call attention to other issues.
When you’re naked and riding through the city’s most popular districts, you’re going to get people’s attention. So it’s a good time to give a shout out to issues like women’s rights, environmental justice, and LGBT equality.
Twitter was full of reactions including a few jokes here and there…
I mean if anybody’s private parts are hanging down to the chain, I think they already have bigger problems.
Others wish they could unsee what they had just seen.
But in their defence, sometimes you have to be a little controversial if you want to get noticed. So good for them for doing what they have to do to draw attention to the very real issues of violence against women, climate change, toxic car culture, and bike safety.
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