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The Sciences

Another Growing Algal Bloom in China

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJune 25, 2010 2:37 AM

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Here we go again... From the AFP:

BEIJING — A floating expanse of green algae floating off China's eastern seaboard is growing and spreading further along the coast, state-run media has reported. * * * * * Algae blooms are typically caused by pollution in China and suck up huge amounts of oxygen needed by marine wildlife to survive and leave a foul stench when they wash up on beaches. * * * * * According to a 2008 State Oceanic Administration report, raw sewage and pollution from agricultural run-off has polluted 83 percent of China's coastal waters, leading to algae and other problems.

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