Caribbean beaches covered in carpets of foul-smelling seaweed – is climate change to blame?

Millions of tons of brown seaweed has washed up along Mexico’s beaches this summer and it’s putting the country’s post-COVID travel boom at risk.

It gives a brown tint to crystal clear waters and emits a sewage-like stench when it washes ashore, according to the University of South Florida. 

There were 24.2 million tons recorded in the last month in the Caribbean region, up from 18.8 million tons in May. Near record amounts of this seaweed have been smothering coastlines in the region from Puerto Rico to Barbados. 

In Mexico, the boom in sargassum poses a “significant threat” to the country’s post-pandemic tourism recovery, analysts from bank BBVA warn. Particularly in Quintana Roo

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