South East Asia’s Crucial Mekong River is Drying up

By Miriam Aczel For many years, experts have been warning of an ‘environmental crisis along the nearly 3000 mile-long waterway, which spans six Asian countries—Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, China and Myanmar. Experts have long expressed concern that the  Mekong River could not survive the dam building, overfishing, and sand mining operations forever. However, the Mekong River … More South East Asia’s Crucial Mekong River is Drying up

Puebla’s Urban Air Pollution Solution By DEBRA ACZEL and MIRIAM ACZEL Puebla and The City of Ideas This past November, we had the honor of attending the 12th edition of the Ciudad de las Ideas—“City of Ideas”—the International Festival of Brilliant Minds held each year in Puebla, Mexico. This year’s festival, organized around the theme of “Epic Ideas,” … More

La Ciudad de las Ideas (‘City of Ideas’) Champions Environmental Leaders and Solutions By MIRIAM ACZEL This week, I had the honor of attending the 12th edition of the Ciudad de las Ideas—“City of Ideas”—an International Festival of Brilliant Minds held each year in Puebla, Mexico. Conference speakers adopt the format of short, 20-minute segments to … More

Ocean Microplastics are Multiplying By MIRIAM ACZEL Plastic — Not Fantastic Plastic is the most common type of marine debris found in our planet’s ocean and lakes. Plastic debris can come in a wide range shapes and sizes, but debris that are less than five millimeters in length (roughly the size of a sesame seed) are … More

This is Epic: La Ciudad de las Ideas 2019

La Ciudad de las Idea–The City of Ideas–is now about to kick off its 12th year. The festival was the brilliant brainchild of Mexican intellectual, writer, playwright, economist, diplomat Andrés Roemer and Mexican media mogul Ricardo Salinas. La Ciudad also called ‘festival of great minds’ takes place annually in the gorgeous colonial town of Puebla, … More This is Epic: La Ciudad de las Ideas 2019

Street in Israel named after Andrès Roemer

Mexican intellectual, writer, friend to the Amir D. Aczel Foundation, diplomat Andrès Roemer now has a street in Ramat Gan, Israel, named after him. According to the city’s mayor Shama-Hacohen, the renaming of the street was in recognition of his ‘contributions to the state of Israel.’ Roemer holds a special place in our hearts. Last … More Street in Israel named after Andrès Roemer