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Mexico City: Thirsty And Sinking

Mexico City is draining even more water from the ancient lake bed on which the city sits, causing it to sink. Climate change, political inaction and poor infrastructure are intensifying the problem. ... read more

Sure, Venice might be sinking - but Mexico City is in freefall

Steady on there, Venice. Sure, your city is slowly sinking into the canals, but at a paltry rate of a few millimetres each year. By comparison, Mexico City is in freefall, diving up to one metre ... read more

Mexico City is sinking – and it’s going to cause some real problems

Mexico City, a scant mile and a half above sea level, is sinking. It’s a turn of events that shouldn’t surprise anyone with a rudimentary grasp of history. Established by the Aztecs in 1325, the city ... read more

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Mexico City copes with that sinking feeling

It lists like a tipsy cantina patron. It’s a common phenomenon here, where many buildings are sinking, as each year Mexico City’s 21 million thirsty residents suck up water from the aquifer beneath ... read more


Why is Mexico City sinking?

Mexico City is a thirsty place. The electricity bill for the pumps is phenomenal, enough to meet all the needs of a city of more than a million inhabitants. Mexico City's sinking into the soil is ... read more

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Only it didn’t, pretty much from the start. The canal was based on gravity. And Mexico City, a mile and a half above sea level, was sinking, collapsing in on itself. It still is, faster and faster, ... read more

Mexico City: Thirsty And Sinking

Mexico City is draining even more water from the ancient lake bed on which the city sits, causing it to sink. Climate change, political inaction and poor infrastructure are intensifying the problem. ... read more

Mexico City: Thirsty And Sinking

It's the rainy season in Mexico. Most afternoons, thick clouds roll into Mexico City's mountain-ringed valley. The skies darken, and then they open. (SOUNDBITE OF RAINFALL) CORNISH: Despite the rain ... read more

Mexico City: Thirsty And Sinking

Mexico City is draining even more water from the ancient lake bed on which the city sits, causing it to sink. Climate change, political inaction and poor infrastructure are intensifying the problem. read more

Mexico City: Thirsty And Sinking

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