Scientists call the pervasive overgrowth of red algae, like pseudo-nitzschia, a “bloom." Known by the ominous name of "red tides," blooms produce a toxin known as domoic acid that is harmful to animals and humans, threatens marine ecosystems and wreaks havoc with the fishing industry in affected areas. During the summer of 2015, the largest red algae bloom on record grew in the warm waters off the coast of California. This algal bloom, unusually dense and more poisonous than others, now stretches north to Alaska and promises severe repercussions for the Pacific Coast fishing industry. The state of Washington recently closed public and commercial fishing of its popular Dungeness crab due to the toxic levels found in the marine life.Read More
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The search is on for alternative sources of fuel. Social and political instability in the vicinity of major oil producing regions has led to rising prices, which hampers a slow economic recovery as consumers are forced to spend more of their limited incomes on gasoline. Major spills in waterways and in the Gulf of Mexico provide dramatic reminders of the risks inherent in oil exploration and production, and their effect on the environment.