Olympic-sized algae bloom

by Gene on Jul. 02nd, 2008

A massive algae bloom is choking China’s Yellow Sea and threatening some Olympic events. Many Chinese cities dump untreated sewage into the Sea. Rich in nutrients, the sewage makes the algae grow like crazy. The problem goes beyond the inconvenience to boaters. The growing algae changes the near-shore habitat. And when all this algae dies, the bacteria that decays it sucks oxygen out of the water, killing fish and creating a dead zone.

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Gene says:

Here's an update on China's efforts to clean up the area before the Olympics.

posted on Sat, 07/05/2008 - 8:53pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Chinese media reports that the algae has been cleared.

posted on Sat, 07/19/2008 - 3:48am
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Anonymous says:

i heard they're also banning people from driving every other day and sporadically closing factories to help increase the quality of the air for the olympics. you'd think they'd want to have clean air for the people that live there year-round.

posted on Sun, 07/20/2008 - 8:27am
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Gene says:

It is a species of Potemkin Village, a speciality of your more totalitarian countries.

posted on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 4:43pm

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