It is not unusual in Quibdó for rain to fall every day in some months, yet it has no reliable source of drinking water. “In Quibdó people live from rainwater,” says the academic Edwar Calderón, who spent three years studying in the city. “About 85% of the population drink water collected in containers on their rooftops. People with money can afford to buy bottles of water, but most of the population is poor so they collect and then boil the rainwater. It is an essential part of life.” … [Read more...] about Where is the world’s rainiest city?
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The congestion score in the graphic below is an indication of how much longer it would take to make a journey through the city compared with when there is no traffic at all. A rating of 50 means that a trip will take 50% more time than it would if the roads were completely free, for example, so a half-hour drive would become 45 minutes. The regular low points on the chart generally come at weekends. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: The world in lockdown in maps and charts
The other 60 members of the assembly will be elected on 5 June, among them some independent candidates who managed to reach the entry bar of some 70,000 signatures. But this too has proved controversial; an investigation by the journalist Héctor de Mauleón suggested that the vast majority of the candidates who chose to run without the platform of a political party resorted to unlawful practices such as presenting signatures of dead or imprisoned people. In the end, 21 independent citizens managed to formally register their candidacy. … [Read more...] about Mexico City is ‘crowdsourcing’ a new constitution. But will it change anything?
To learn from the Mexico City earthquake of 1985, then, will require more than reconstruction or regulation. If much of the damage of the earthquake was caused by dangerous, informal construction, then the government must address directly the reasons why residents resort to these construction methods – displacement, poverty and inequality. To address these, the city must first discard its zero-tolerance approach to work proactively with its low-income communities to develop infrastructure, services and homes that are safe for residents in the long term. And it must protect its residents from the rising property prices that displace them from the centre and give rise to vulnerable settlements in the first place. … [Read more...] about The Mexico City earthquake, 30 years on: have the lessons been forgotten?
Unesco has warned of the threat to traditional farming, drawing attention to the poor quality of the water and depleted groundwater. In December 2012, in a bid to retain its World Heritage status, the city council established an authority for the Xochimilco heritage area, tasked with restoring biodiversity in and around the lake. A few months later Nicolas Hulot, the French government’s special envoy for the planet, signed an agreement with the mayor of Mexico City, Miguel Angel Mancera. The council is banking on a €1.5m ($1.65m) donation from France to save Xochimilco. “The money will come from the French Fund for the Global Environment,” says Jean-Marc Liger, who heads the French Agency for Development in Mexico and is assisting the council with the project. … [Read more...] about Development threatens to dry up Mexico City’s floating market gardens