Mexico’s Likely Next President Is A Climate Scientist But Not Outspoken

"Mexico will elect a new president in June, at a time when climate change is already challenging the country in many ways. But don’t expect the leading candidate, Claudia Sheinbaum, a climate scientist, to make climate a central part of her campaign ahead of the June 2 election."

"MEXICO CITY — The López home kept filling with seawater as the Gulf of Mexico rose and winter storms got worse.

Cristina López and her family decided to leave after one bad storm in November, knowing the ocean would eventually devour their home in the fishing town of El Bosque.

“There was nowhere else to go,” said López, who now lives about a 20-minute drive away.

Driven by climate change, sea-level rise and increasingly ferocious storms are eroding thousands of miles of Mexico’s coastline facing both the Gulf and the Pacific Ocean. Around this country of nearly 130 million, drought is draining reservoirs dry and creating severe water shortages. Deadly heat is straining people and crops. Aging infrastructure is struggling to keep up."

Dorany Pineda and Suman Naishadham report for the Associated Press April 4, 2024.

Source: AP, 04/08/2024