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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Moreno, an immigrant from Mexico, was working a Spanish-language AM Radio gig in North Carolina when he thought of pitching a Spanish-language broadcast to the Panthers. In 2007, he got his shot. Moreno met the Panthers’ broadcast coordinator by chance while watching one of his son’s high school soccer matches. Moreno made his pitch and the Panthers were receptive. After considering the idea for a couple of seasons, the Panthers finally hired Moreno in 2009.
And he brought his nephew, Luis Moreno Jr., along for the ride:
Like his uncle, Luis Moreno Jr. is also a Mexican immigrant. Although he moved to US as a teen, Moreno Jr. was already familiar with NFL football. Once in the states, he played football in both high school and college. Jaime Moreno says his nephew’s playing experience was exactly what he needed to make his Spanish-language football broadcasts much stronger.
Why are they so hyped up? Because they designed their broadcasts to have a fútbol vibe.
There are 16 teams in the NFL who employ Spanish-language broadcast teams. Jaime Moreno says he wanted to stand out from the pack. His strategy? To give their broadcasts a soccer-influenced energy. Moreno told the Charlotte Observer: “We went soccer style because if you think about it, they celebrate so many things because there’s so little going on. If you use that formula for football, it works. You have the first down, a sack, a fumble recovery, interception. It’s celebrated.”
And just like soccer announcers, the Morenos have special nicknames for many of the Panthers players.