Mexico Current Affairs - 2019

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Scientist discover way to turn cactus leaves in Biodegradable Plastics

Researcher from Mexico has discovered way to turn cactus leaves into non toxic and biodegradable material with similar properties to plastic. This innovation offers a promising solution to one of the world’s biggest pollution conundrums caused by toxic and non-biodegradable plastics.

Process of turning cactus leaves into Plastic

The pulp of the prickly pear cactus is strained to obtain a juice. Then it is mixed with non-toxic additives and stretched to produce sheets that are coloured with pigments and folded to form different types of packaging materials. This material obtained is non-toxic, environment friendly and biodegradable.

Biodegradable plastic

It is plastic made from all-natural plant materials (including corn oil, orange peels, starch, and plants etc.). It can decompose naturally in the environment when microorganisms in the soil metabolize and break down the structure of biodegradable plastic.

Mexico beats US to lift 8th CONCACAF Gold Cup

Mexico’s men’s soccer team won 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup by defeating United States men with 1-0 in the final. This is Mexico’s record 8th Gold Cup title.

Key Highlights

While US is the defending champions of biennial North American championship, as it won the 2017 tournament but in 2019 edition it lost to Mexico at Soldier Field, an American football stadium in Near South Side of Chicago, Illinois.

The loss for US, men came hours after women’s team lifted its 2nd consecutive World Cup title in France.

Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos scored only goal to win CONCACAF Gold Cup with 1-0. This win handed Mexico their 8th Gold Cup title since championship for teams from CONCACAF was rebooted in 1991.

About CONCACAF Gold Cup

It is the international men’s football championship of North, Central American, and Caribbean region organized by CONCACAF.

It was founded in 1963 and is a biennial event i.e. held every two years. It was previously referred to as CONCACAF Championship before being renamed in 1991 to CONCACAF Gold Cup.

It is a single championship being held for the continent including regions of North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup: It was 15th edition of CONCACAF Gold Cup. It took place from 15 June – 7 July 2019.

Host countries for tournament were United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica.

Participating Teams-16