China Turning Green…

Red China turning Green — and not in the sense of green cash money. But algae. Green, oxygen sucking algae.  In the months before the Olympics in China there were similar stories, made more urgent because the icky-goo was interfering with the sailing races.  Now the real urgency: not sail boats but environmental health, fish, microorganisms….

 

Tourists bath at a beach covered by a thick layer of green algae in Qingdao, China. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

Tourists bath at a beach covered by a thick layer of green algae in Qingdao, China. Photograph: ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

The largest algal bloom ever recorded in China has turned the Yellow Sea green and may be related to pollution from agriculture and industry.

Officials in the city of Qingdao had used bulldozers to remove 7,335 tonnes of the growth from beaches according to the Xinhua news agency.

The phenomenon has become an annual occurrence in the region over the past six summers. This year’s incident has swathed 28,900 sq km (11,158 sq miles), twice as much as the previous biggest bloom in 2008.

The algae, called Enteromorpha prolifera, is not toxic to humans or animals.

However the carpet on the surface can dramatically change the ecology of the environment beneath it. It blocks sunlight from entering the ocean and sucks oxygen from the water suffocating marine life.

The Guardian

Now if it could just be turned into fuel…

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