Mar 152022
 
Will the tourist resort of Cancún survive climate change?

The answer appears to be a resounding “No!” This article in the Guardian explains why: Sun sets on Mexico’s paradise beaches as climate crisis hits home And what’s true for Cancún is likely to be true for almost all the beaches in Quintana Roo along Mexico’s Caribbean coast. Related posts: Can Mexico’s Environmental Agency protect […]

The impacts of the US border wall with Mexico

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Jan 162021
 
The impacts of the US border wall with Mexico

This Guardian article – ‘My neighbourhood is being destroyed to pacify his supporters’: the race to complete Trump’s wall – highlights the problems created (not solved) by US efforts to build a wall along its southern border. For what it’s worth, here is my own take on the wall, written a few years ago as […]

Nov 262020
 

We have frequently published international comparisons showing how Mexico fares in comparison with other Latin American countries and major world economies for a wide variety of indicators. Reliable comparisons for comparing countries on their Covid-19 response have been hard to come by, but here is a link to one compiled by Bloomberg News: Where is […]

Many of the key ingredients of American Thanksgiving come from Mexico!

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Nov 242020
 
Many of the key ingredients of American Thanksgiving come from Mexico!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers! Try the following links to learn more about Mexico’s contributions to Thanksgiving. For starters, what about the idea that Thanksgiving originated in Mexico, not in the USA! That idea may be slightly controversial, but most celebrations of Thanksgiving certainly have some close ties to Mexico since they are […]

The transformation of Chapala from fishing village to international tourist destination

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Sep 032020
 
The transformation of Chapala from fishing village to international tourist destination

The town of Chapala, on the shores of Lake Chapala—Mexico’s largest natural lake—played an important role in the history of tourism in North America and has become one of the world’s premier retirement destinations. Yet, the details of how and why this transformation occurred have never been adequately reconstructed… until now! My latest book If […]

Review of “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty”

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Oct 292019
 
Review of “Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty”

In honor of the award of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty, we republish this post from five years ago in which we highlighted the significance of the pioneering work of Banerjee and Duflo: Every so often a book […]

Mexico mis-map #1: Mazatlán Tourist Brochure

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Sep 092019
 
Mexico mis-map #1: Mazatlán Tourist Brochure

Graphic designers often taken liberties with maps. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this otherwise beautiful tourism brochure promoting the Pacific Coast resort of Mazatlán, collected recently in British Colombia, Canada. Here is the map in question: Mexico’s relief, as shown on this map, is highly distorted. Accepting that the graphical designer was only […]

Aug 232019
 

A recent edition of the New Scientist has an interesting article about dinosaurs and the rapid shifts in our knowledge of these ancient beasts based on recent fossil discoveries. If the New Scientist is to be believed, these discoveries have not only revolutionized our views of dinosaurs, they have also rearranged the Earth’s geography. The […]