My daughter was looking at hotels in Cancun, and they were cheap. Really cheap. I remembered and article I read about a seaweed bloom, and also remembered a jellyfish problem in Florida from a few years back. Both related to environmental pollution. Turns out there has been a huge problem with seaweed in the gulf and it’s beaches.
Tourism in Cancun is way down, even with the Mexican governments attempts to remediate the problem and the Tourism industry’s attempt to brush it aside. When you think about the problems of large scale pollution you think about toxic events or even weather disasters, but these sorts of environmental problems seem to be the more frequent and costly ones.
This is being connected to bad agricultural practices in South America, much like the Dead Zone coming from the Mississippi River every year. I hold out hope that now that big money is being lost by large corporations, something may change. Fron FSU:
Massive Seaweed Bloom Affects Florida’s Beaches
From the Boston Globe:
Cancun has a nasty seaweed problem, and tourists are staying away