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The Sargassum situation in 2020

The Sargassum situation in 2020

The Yucatan Peninsula and other Caribbean coastal towns are bracing for what has become an annual crisis — sargassum tides consisting of a floating, brown macroalgae. This year, though, less of the stinky seaweed is expected. That’s a relief, since 2019 was a record-high year for the stinky seaweed. The University of ...

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Less sargassum is forecast for Mexico’s beaches in 2020

Less sargassum is forecast for Mexico's beaches in 2020

Residents remove sargassum in Puerto Morelos in May 2019. Photo: Getty Residents remove sargassum in Puerto Morelos in May 2019. Photo: Getty The Yucatan Peninsula and other Caribbean coastal towns are bracing for what has become an annual crisis — sargassum tides consisting of a floating, brown macroalgae. This year, ...

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Has Smelly Beach Algae Caused Slow Growth At Cancun Airport?

Has Smelly Beach Algae Caused Slow Growth At Cancun Airport?

In 2019, Cancun International Airport grew only 1.1%. Last year, the hub received 25.4 million passengers. In comparison with 2018, it received just 200,000 extra passengers; previously it showed a growth of over a million passengers extra annually. There are several theories as to why the second-biggest hub in Mexico ...

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Facts First: Explaining Sargassum

Facts First: Explaining Sargassum

If you’ve walked on the beach at all this year, you know what sargassum looks like. But beyond the unsightliness and the smell, what is really happening here?  What is sargassum? Sargassum is a type of macroalgae that floats at the ocean’s surface. Each stipe (that is, stalk) and frond ...

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Solving Mexico’s rotten seaweed problem

Solving Mexico's rotten seaweed problem

iStock/Solange_Z Mexico’s popular tourist beaches are currently plagued by rotting seaweed, but a new scheme could turn the problem into fertiliser and fuel. Scientist from the University of Exeter are currently working on plans to collect the rotting Sargassum seaweed from Mexico’s beaches using a process called ‘hydrothermal liquefaction’ in ...

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