Climate Change, Pollution Increasing Toxicity of Algal Blooms

October 26, 2013 1:40 AM

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Climate Change, Pollution Increasing Toxicity of Algal Blooms

Climate change and nutrient enrichment via pollution appear to be contributing to a rise in toxicity of some algal blooms in freshwater lakes and estuaries worldwide, researchers found.

Scientists from Oregon State University and the University of North Carolina determined that as nutrient enrichment increases, so do toxin-producing strains of cyanobacteria in harmful blooms.

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