Unprecedented algae bloom in Florida called ecological disaster marine life perishing on large scal

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    Unprecedented Algae Bloom in Florida called “ecological disaster.”, Marine life perishing on large scale
    In South Florida this summer, one ecological scourge has piled on top of another. First came the red tide, a flotilla of microorganisms that dyed the sea rust and eventually stretched out along 100 miles of the Gulf Coast. Oxygen-starved fish, eels, dolphins and turtles littered beaches, in numbers too vast to count. In one marina, so many fish went belly up that they appeared to pave a walkway across the water.

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    These blooms have been getting worse and worse for a few years now. It can and will kill anything in it's path.
    A. blooms smother out all the Oxygen in the water killing what ever is iving.
     
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    Climate change
     
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    NO , global warming dam it get it right. haha!! I am only kidding now.
     
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    The blooms are larger and longer because the water (climate) is warmer longer.
     
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    This is clearly a terrorist attack by the Alabama football program.
     
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    The original article says it differently than you do:

    "Born in deeper water, the red tides are carried to shore by currents and winds. This red tide has spread over a 100-mile stretch of coast, but it is an uneven invasion. The reddish seas wax and wane depending on the day and even the hour, based on conditions.

    Pollution from inland sources, particularly fertilizers, can wash into the ocean and provide fuel for Karenia brevis. But the tiny creatures have many food sources. “These pollutants could be a part of the problem. We just don’t know how much,” said Richard P. Stumpf, an oceanographer who studies harmful algae at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    The blue-green algae blooms tainting lakes, canals and rivers in south Florida are a different matter. Key drivers are water temperatures and pollution from humans, according to Tim Davis, a Bowling Green State University biologist who studies algae.

    Lake Okeechobee has become a perfect petri dish for several strains of microorganisms in recent years, as a proliferation of farmland and towns has spilled nitrogen and phosphorous-based fertilizers into the watershed. The toxic stew was supercharged when Hurricane Irma forced a flood of additional polluted runoff into the lake. Cyanobacteria lapped up the extra nutrients, reproducing exponentially in Florida’s punishing summer heat."

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    It appears that POLLUTION and FERTILIZERS are the main cause of the problem.
     
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    Yes, both pollution and warming create a problem with the algae, whether in the ocean or in fresh water. And the present administration is doing all it can to create more of both. And all too many "Conservatives" on this board are doing all they can to aid the efforts of this administration.
     
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    Dumbass coastal residents vote Republican who gut environmental laws and regs that restrict dumping nitrates and other fertilizers into our water, then there are consequences. Go figure. If you are a dumbass Florida coastal business owner and you voted for Rick Scott and other anti-environmentalist Pubs and now your business is suffering, you deserve what you got. Who doesn't deserve this are the local homeowners and those that voted responsibly.

    Vote the Republicans out of office in the midterms. We need to fix the clusterfuck they created.
     
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