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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

MEXICO - Global warming will keep affecting nation


BY ROCÍO ZAYAS

MEXICO CITY – Blanca Elena Jiménez Cisneros, a researcher from the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), said Monday that if Mexico fails to take action on global warming, meteorological phenomena like heavy rains and drought will continue to occur in the country more frequently.

She said that Mexico has failed to implement any type of project or program that will eventually address the climate change problem. “Mexico is apparently not aware of the seriousness of this situation. There are no policies on water management or treatment. If we do not take care of the problem as soon as possible, the resources-availability problem in the country will be worse,” she said.

“And that is not the end of it, if we add global warming, then the situation is even worse, especially in places where water is already scarce. Unfortunately, in places where water is abundant, the problem will come in the form of floods or other water-related disasters. I’m sorry to say this, but our future is bleak and dark,” she noted.

The researcher said that in Mexico, water scarcity will become a problem in the near future, especially regarding quantity and quality. She noted that it is extremely important to raise awareness on the issue.

“True, Mexico is a country with high levels of water. A high percentage of our water is drinkable, but it is still below other Latin-American countries, including Cuba. Regarding water treatment, we are way behind the rest of the world, so there is still much work to be done,” she said.

She said that the country’s politicians have not done anything to implement efficient policies in water treatment. “There is no political will to deal with the issue. The problem is, although several efforts in water-sanitation projects have been made in Mexico City, other states are completely ignored, which only aggravates the situation,” she said.

Jiménez Cisneros pointed out that Mexico City is fortunate to have several water treatment plants that give the city high rates of potable water, but noted that there are other problems like pollution and leakage.
Source: www.thenews.com.mx