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Lightning Didn't Kill Family
Who Mysteriously Died on Hike
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Oct 3, 2021 11:20 AM CDT
Lightning Didn't Kill Family Who Mysteriously Died on Hike
No clear answer for the loss of Ellen Chung, Jonathan Gerrish, daughter, and dog
- A family that died on a hike in California's Sierra National Forest in August did not die by lightning strike , by any weapon, illegal drugs or alcohol, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, cyanide exposure, or by suicide, investigators publicly concluded Thursday. But what did kill Ellen Chung, 31; Jonathan Gerrish,...
to Wipe Out Algae Invader
Jul 8, 2021 12:12 PM CDT
California Scrambles to Wipe Out Algae Invader
Species that can overtake habitat has been spotted in state waters for the first time
- For the first time, scientists say they have seen a species of bright green algae growing in the waters off California—and they are hoping it's the last. The invasive algae can overtake the environment and displace critical food sources for ocean animals on the southern California coast. A...
New Seaweed Species
Is Smothering Reefs
Jul 7, 2020 6:16 PM CDT
New Seaweed Species Is Smothering Reefs
'Tumbleweed' algae is covering remote Hawaii reefs
- Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth. A study from the University of Hawaii and others says the seaweed is spreading more rapidly than...
The Maya Had Good
Reason to Abandon Tikal
Jul 5, 2020 5:20 PM CDT
The Maya Had Good Reason to Abandon Tikal
Researchers dig deep into the city's reservoirs
- Why did the Maya flee the majestic city-state of Tikal? Experts say overpopulation, overexploitation of land, and droughts drove them out in the ninth century AD. Now, another cause: poisoned water. A new study says there's evidence of mercury and toxic algae ruining the drinking water just as residents...
Seeing Green Snow
May 20, 2020 6:55 PM CDT
Antarctica Is Seeing Green Snow
Algae is thriving as the continent heats up
- Antarctica is getting slushier and the snow is getting greener, according to scientists using satellite data to map blooms of algae. The BBC reports that a study of the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands found about 1,700 large algae blooms covering a total of nearly 1 square mile—though...
for Swimming Dogs
Aug 13, 2019 8:28 AM CDT
Scary Warning for Swimming Dogs
Algae in ponds and lakes can be deadly
- For dog owners who let their pooches jump into lakes and ponds, a spate of deaths around the US has led to a warning: Beware the algae. It may look harmless, but a toxic blue-green algae is being blamed for fatally poisoning dogs, reports NBC News . The issue got national...
It Kills in the Water, Is
Like 'Tear Gas' on Land
Aug 16, 2018 10:15 AM CDT
It Kills in the Water, Is Like 'Tear Gas' on Land
Florida's algae bloom prompts state of emergency
- Under increasing pressure to handle Florida's brutal red tide , a toxic algae bloom killing hordes of marine animals and causing respiratory issues for some people, Gov. Rick Scott made the call. Late Monday, he declared a state of emergency in seven counties along the state's southwestern coast, setting...
Catastrophic Algae Bloom
Devastates Gulf Coast
Aug 10, 2018 5:00 PM CDT
Catastrophic Algae Bloom Devastates Gulf Coast
Dead fish are washing up by the ton
- Tons of dead fish. A smell so awful you gag with one inhale. Empty beaches, empty roads, empty restaurants. A toxic algae bloom has overrun Florida's southern Gulf Coast this summer, devastating sea life and driving people from the water. Red tide—toxic algae bloom that can be harmful...
Green Scum Coated
the Lake—and Could
Have Killed Him
Nov 16, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Green Scum Coated the Lake—and Could Have Killed Him
The AP investigates why our efforts to combat toxic algae are failing
- Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat—unaware that he was being poisoned. A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it. Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded,...
Over Great Barrier Reef
Apr 10, 2017 7:05 AM CDT
Experts 'Despondent' Over Great Barrier Reef
Only a third remains undamaged after back-to-back bleaching episodes
- This time there's no El Niño to blame for the Great Barrier Reef "cooking and dying," as CNN puts it. Thanks to two years of back-to-back "bleaching" (algae loss) that researcher James Kerry tells the BBC is "unprecedented," two-thirds of the world's...
A Drink Is Making People
Sick, and Algae Might Be Why
Nov 8, 2016 11:44 AM CST
A Drink Is Making People Sick, and Algae Might Be Why
The latest dispatch from the Soylent saga
- Over the past several months, a tiny fraction of consumers of a meal replacement powder and energy bar put out by the company Soylent have complained of pretty adverse digestive reactions , including vomiting and uncontrollable diarrhea. Since 2013 the Silicon Valley startup has been producing its nutrient-dense, just-add-water powder—"...
In Algae, a Key
to White Cliffs
Sep 20, 2016 12:03 PM CDT
In Algae, a Key to White Cliffs of Dover
They could in theory be replicated in the Antarctic—in millions of years
- Had William Shakespeare had a chance to peruse a new study, he might have praised nitrate for the dizzying view from atop the White Cliffs of Dover. That’s because the tiny algae, known as coccolithophores, which helped form the famous cliffs some 100 million years ago benefited from a...
Rio Promises Blue Water, but
Odd Green May Be Spreading
Aug 10, 2016 12:37 PM CDT
Rio Promises Blue Water, but Odd Green May Be Spreading
First the diving pool, now the water polo pool
- If you happened to tune into a diving event Tuesday, you probably noticed the pool at Rio's outdoor aquatics center was "as green as split-pea soup," as the
puts it—or "close to the color swatch movie set designers turn to when they want...
Causes Florida Emergency
Jul 1, 2016 9:15 AM CDT
'Guacamole-Thick' Algae Causes Florida Emergency
'The smell is so bad it will make you gag,' one local resident says
- Beaches are closed in South Florida, where a massive algae bloom has caused water to turn bright green and Gov. Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in four counties—Martin, St. Lucie, Lee, and Palm Beach—over Wednesday and Thursday, reports Weather.com . Health officials are telling people...
Huge Toxic Algae Bloom Bigger Than Feared in May
Aug 5, 2015 8:00 AM CDT
Huge Toxic Algae Bloom Bigger Than Feared in May
It's 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep
- A massive toxic algae bloom first detected in May is denser, deeper, and more widespread than scientists feared as recently as a few weeks ago, report surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel. As many as 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep, it stretches at least...
Beautiful but Toxic
on the Rise
Jan 23, 2015 3:22 AM CST
Beautiful but Toxic 'Sea Sparkle' on the Rise
'Magnificent' sight caused by farm pollution
- Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water seen glimmering off Hong Kong's seashore are magnificent, disturbing, and potentially toxic, marine biologists say. The glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom created by something called Noctiluca scintillans, nicknamed "Sea Sparkle." It looks like algae and can act...
Makes Us Dumber
in case you missed it
Nov 15, 2014 7:30 AM CST
Hidden Virus Makes Us Dumber
Study: People with chlorovirus ATCV-1 score lower on cognitive tests
- US researchers have come across a virus that may make us dumber—and it's turning up in the throats of otherwise-healthy people, the
reports. Some 43% of 92 people in a study were found to have the virus. Those affected scored about 10% lower on tests involving visual...
Gulf's Dead Zone
Is the Size of
Aug 10, 2014 12:47 PM CDT
Gulf's Dead Zone Is the Size of Connecticut
Activists sue EPA to get stricter regulations
- A Connecticut-sized swath of oxygen-deprived waters off the Gulf Coast is a "poster child for how we are using and abusing our natural resources," says one researcher in Louisiana. In its 30th annual survey, the Louisiana Marine Consortium shows the dead zone has shrunk to about 5,000...
Toxic Water Actually
'So Routine' in Ohio
Aug 5, 2014 12:04 AM CDT
Toxic Water Actually 'So Routine' in Ohio
Pollution, invasive species, and climate change have all been blamed
- Tap water has been declared safe to drink and bathe in again in Toledo, Ohio, but scientists warn that toxic algae blooms could be here to stay. Fertilizer from farms and cattle feedlots are partly to blame for the thick layer of algae choking Lake Erie, the most developed of...
Dying in Scary Numbers
Mar 24, 2013 7:00 AM CDT
Florida Manatees Dying in Scary Numbers
Deaths near Cape Canaveral remain a mystery
- Already an endangered species, manatees are dying by the dozen off both coasts of Florida,
reports. Biologists say a red tide—an algal bloom that can be fatal to manatees, fish, and people—has killed 200 manatees in the Gulf of Mexico this year. But manatee deaths on the...
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