Thursday, July 14, 2016

Toxic Algae Attacking Florida


The putrid algal blooms, which have been described as “guacamole-like”, have plagued the state’s waterways since last month.
A thick and toxic algae has spread throughout the waterways of Florida.
The toxic sludge can cause rashes and respiratory problems in humans, is killing wildlife and dramatically impacting on the area’s tourism industry. The blue green algae blooms — known as cyanobacteria — often form in warmer water when nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen, found in fertilizers, pollute the water.
Climate change is also a major contributing factor as the warmer waters create the perfect conditions for the noxious algae.


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