[QODLink]
Americas
Cancun environment in peril
Host city for UN climate change talks is paying heavy price for rapid development.
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2010 08:59 GMT

Hundreds of activists have been marching in the Mexican city of Cancun.

They're calling for international delegates at the UN climate change summit to take strong action.

The host city itself has witnessed rapid development amid a tourism boom but the rush to capitalise has been at the expense of the environment.

Cancun used to be a natural barrier island but its sand dunes and mangroves which are nature's buffers against the elements are now being decimated.

Al Jazeera's Craig Mauro reports from Cancun, Mexico.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Western fighters have streamed into the Middle East to help 'liberate' Arab countries such as Syria and Libya.
The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation's madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism.
Weaving and handicrafts are being re-taught to a younger generation of Iraqi Kurds, but not without challenges.
Featured
Survivors of Bangladesh garment factory collapse say they received little compensation and face economic hardship.
As Iraq prepares to vote, deadly violence is surging. But at the site of one bomb attack, people insist life must go on.
French Jews and Muslims say recent National Front victories in mayoral races reflect rising xenophobia.
Up to 23,000 federal prisoners could qualify for clemency under new Justice Department initiative.
After years of rapid growth, Argentina is bracing for another economic crisis as inflation eats up purchasing power.
join our mailing list