Latest Algae News

Algae blooms prompt advisories for two bodies of water

Jun. 04, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — State officials are warning of potentially dangerous algae blooms at two bodies of water with popular recreation areas. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services on Friday said it detected high concentrations of cyanobacteria — also known as...

Mexico says seaweed-collection boats working poorly

Jun. 01, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The head of Mexico’s Navy acknowledged Wednesday that the country’s Caribbean coast is facing an atypical problem with a kind of seaweed known as sargassum, and that Navy boats assigned to catch it before it drifts ashore are working poorly. Navy Secretary...

Most Great Barrier Reef coral studied this year was bleached

May. 11, 2022 11:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — More than 90% of Great Barrier Reef coral surveyed this year was bleached in the fourth such mass event in seven years in the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem, Australian government scientists said. Bleaching is caused by global warming, but this is...

Mexico Caribbean beaches may see worst sargassum since 2018

Apr. 30, 2022 12:48 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say the problem of foul-smelling seaweed-like algae on the country's Caribbean coast beaches is “alarming.” The arrival of heaps of brown sargassum on the coast's normally pristine white sand beaches comes just as tourism is recovering to...

Algae a winner in Elon Musk-funded greenhouse gas contest

Apr. 22, 2022 10:48 AM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — From algae farming to producing a sort of artificial limestone, ideas for reducing greenhouse gas in the atmosphere are getting a funding boost from famed entrepreneur Elon Musk. The Tesla electric vehicle and SpaceX rocket company developer is bankrolling a...

Concerned scientists probe sea urchin deaths in Caribbean

Apr. 14, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Sea urchins are dying across the Caribbean at a pace scientists say could rival a mass die-off that last occurred in 1983, alarming many who warn the trend could further decimate already frail coral reefs in the region. Dive shops first began reporting...

Environmental staff making plans to test for toxic algae

Apr. 09, 2022 08:12 AM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Harmful algae season is months away, but Wyoming regulators are already gearing up to test for toxins at some of the state’s most vulnerable waters. The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) began tracking harmful algal blooms statewide in 2017....