Cancun faces environmental problem

The city hosting the environmental meeting is facing its own neglected problems.



    Environment ministers are working behind the scenes in Cancun, ahead of more talks in the coming days. 
    The city that hosts them 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, nature's buffers against the elements are now decimated.

    The beaches cannot sustain themselves naturally, so powdery white sand is trucked in, at the expense of ecosystems elsewhere.

    Hotels and causeways stand where a natural waterway once nourished a lagoon, the latter is now stagnant.

    The city's open-air rubbish dump encroaches on the rainforest, several hundred hectares of which have already succumbed to Cancun's expansive development.

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

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    The shocking story of Israel's disappeared babies

    New information has come to light about thousands of mostly Yemeni children believed to have been abducted in the 1950s.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.