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A Collaborative Effort for Sargassum Adaptation

Coastal communities, including Belize, face challenges from increased sargassum due to climate change.

Sargassum, a brown algae, has become a significant issue in the Caribbean due to climate change. Warming temperatures, ocean acidification, and shifting wind patterns have increased the presence of sargassum, negatively impacting coastal communities and tourist destinations like Belize. Local efforts to combat the problem include manual removal and repurposing the sargassum for various uses, including landfill and compost. Additionally, there is a push for climate justice, collaboration among resorts, NGOs, and government agencies to address the long-term effects of sargassum and explore sustainable solutions like converting organic waste, including sargassum, into energy.

This story was published on News 5 Live with the support of the Caribbean Climate Justice Journalism Fellowship, which is a joint venture between Climate Tracker and Open Society Foundations.


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Duane Moody

Duane is a renowned award-winning reporter/journalist in Belize and has worked at News Five Belize for the past 15 years. His love for exploring different cultures has led them to travel extensively, immersing himself in diverse experiences. Food, music, and the creative arts hold a special place in his heart. In fact, he dedicated four years to dancing with a prominent dance company in his country, showcasing his talent on local and international stages alongside Belizean artists.

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