algae

Lakes Are Losing Oxygen, Major Global Study Finds

Lakes Are Losing Oxygen, Major Global Study Finds

Climate change is contributing to falling oxygen levels in lakes across the world, according to a study published in the journal Nature Wednesday. Previous studies have shown falling oxygen levels in individual lakes, but this study is the first to look at so many lakes globally, as researchers gathered data from nearly 400 lakes in […]

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    Microplastics and Algae Tangle in the Great Lakes

    Microplastics and Algae Tangle in the Great Lakes

    By Andrew Blok Great Lakes algae is catching huge amounts of microplastics. Researchers found that one type of algae, which has greatly expanded its range within the Great Lakes and is one of the most abundant algae by weight there, could catch up to one trillion pieces of microplastic in the Great Lakes. “It’s just […]

    2020 Summer Recreation: Peak Harmful Algae Season and the Pandemic

    2020 Summer Recreation: Peak Harmful Algae Season and the Pandemic

    By Arohi Sharma Quarantining and sheltering in place from COVID-19 has a lot of us going stir-crazy — myself included. With summer in full swing, more of us are itching to get outside safely. Unfortunately, we’re also right in the middle of peak harmful algal bloom (HAB) season. While state agencies are understandably redirecting resources […]

    Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Means Trouble, Scientists Say

    Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Means Trouble, Scientists Say

    In a troubling sign for the future of the Italian Alps, the snow and ice in a glacier is turning pink due to the growth of snow-melting algae, according to scientists studying the pink ice phenomenon, as CNN reported. The algae will make the snow melt faster. The salmon-hue that has tinged the snow is […]

    Australian Brewery Incorporates Algae Into Beer Production

    Australian Brewery Incorporates Algae Into Beer Production

    By Josh Bonifield The Australian brewery Young Henrys is working to fight climate change with an unusual ingredient—algae. The fermentation process that occurs during beer production releases massive amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2), which can contribute to climate change. It takes a tree approximately two days to absorb the CO2 released from producing one six […]

    Harmful Algal Blooms Are Increasing Across the U.S.

    Harmful Algal Blooms Are Increasing Across the U.S.

    During summer in central New York, residents often enjoy a refreshing dip in the region’s peaceful lakes. But sometimes swimming is off-limits because of algae blooms that can make people sick. “Some of the algae may produce chemical toxins that can have harmful effects on people, fish, shellfish, terrestrial and marine mammals, and birds,” says […]

    Green Snow Is Spreading in Antarctica Due to the Climate Crisis

    Green Snow Is Spreading in Antarctica Due to the Climate Crisis

    Coastal Antarctica has seen has a curious phenomenon over the last few years. The green snow that hugs parts of its shores has started to spread farther inland. And it’s all caused by the climate crisis. A new study published in the journal Nature Communications on Wednesday found that the green glow in the snow […]

    Bioluminescent Waves Mesmerize California Beachgoers, Surfers

    Bioluminescent Waves Mesmerize California Beachgoers, Surfers

    Beachgoers in California are enjoying a dazzling display of crashing bioluminescent waves in Southern California. The waves light up at night as they crash and froth in the shallow water, The Guardian reported. Surfers riding on the lit up waves described it as a once in a lifetime experience, and one said she felt like […]