Punta Cana is a popular resort town on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic. Many people visit the area for its white beaches, beautiful water, and bright sunshine year-round. However, this year there has been an issue with seaweed washing up on the shores in record amounts. The City Council of La Altagracia estimates that half a million tons have washed ashore so far – which is about six times as much as last year’s amount.
The main question everyone wants to be answered is “how did it get here?” Well, scientists believe that climate change has caused an unusually high number of storms throughout the Caribbean basin, resulting in increased rainfall and more runoff entering rivers and streams from mountainous sources, causing more flooding along with coastal areas including Punta Cana.