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Changing climate alters age-old habits of Mexico communityFEATURE 12/07/2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Changing climate alters age-old habits of Mexico community


12/07/2010

TABI — Members of the Mayan community of Tabi, around 200 (120 miles) kilometers southwest of Cancun on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, say changes in the weather are forcing them to change their lives.

The dusty streets and modest homes of the community of some 400 persons do not suggest wealth, but the land’s bounty of corn, squash, beans and fruit made it a perfect place to raise a family.

That has changed since Eunice Be Chuc moved here, 28 years ago.

These days rain is increasingly unpredictable in a region where the wet season has come like clockwork since the times of the ancient Maya.

Now drought, floods and hurricanes alternate — extreme conditions that devastate crops.

“Even if you plant crops, the soil only gets drier with all the sun and if there is no water, how do we water it? So even if we are doing our part, if the soil doesn’t produce, what else can we do?” Be Chuc told AFP, looking across a parched field..... MORE

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