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Ohio city detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis 29.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last year that left 400,000 people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan without safe tap water for two days.
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Toledo detects Lake Erie toxins that led to 2014 crisis 29.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Toledo has detected the first signs in Lake Erie of the dangerous toxin that resulted in a water crisis last ...
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The light-sensing molecules in plants came from ancient algae 28.7.2015 Environmental News Network
The light-sensing molecules that tell plants whether to germinate, when to flower and which direction to grow were inherited millions of years ago from ancient algae, finds a new study from Duke University.The findings are some of the strongest evidence yet refuting the prevailing idea that the ancestors of early plants got the red light sensors that helped them move from water to land by engulfing light-sensing bacteria, the researchers say. 
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Ohio city better prepared to keep toxins out of tap water 26.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Bright yellow buoys equipped with sensors and scattered across western Lake Erie are more than beacons bobbing in the water.
The Great Lakes Need Your Protection 25.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sarah Lyn Vollmer, Program Assistant, Nuclear Program, Washington, D.C.: I am proud to be a born and raised Michigander. I grew up in a wonderful suburban town in Southeast Michigan. I spent my summer days playing games outside with my neighbors, going on camping trips on the west side...
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Lake Tahoe's deep blue color explained 24.7.2015 Environmental News Network
Lake Tahoe's iconic blueness is more strongly related to the lake's algal concentration than to its clarity, according to research in "Tahoe: State of the Lake Report 2015," released today by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) of the University of California, Davis. The lower the algal concentration, the bluer the lake. Data from a research buoy in the lake, owned and operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, enabled Shohei Watanabe, a postdoctoral researcher at TERC, to create a Blueness Index that quantified Lake Tahoe's color for the first time.The assumption that lake clarity is tied to blueness has driven advocacy and management efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin for decades. But Watanabe's research showed that at times of the year when the lake's clarity increases, its blueness decreases, and vice versa. 
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NOAA grant to help Washington monitor toxic algae bloom 24.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is committing $88,000 to help Washington analyze a massive bloom of toxic algae off the coast that have closed some shellfish harvests.
FedEx agrees to buy 3 million gallons of biofuel a year 22.7.2015 LA Times: Business
The world's largest air cargo company and the nation's largest domestic carrier may soon fly on biofuel made from dead trees, bark, branches and leaves.
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Don't Panic! It's Just A Blood-Red Lake. 22.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tuz Golu, a salt lake in Aksaray, Turkey, looks like the devil's swimming pool now that a massive algae bloom has turned it a bizarre shade of pink. But fear not -- the color change isn't a sign of the apocalypse, or an ecological disaster. Rosy  Dunaliella salina algae  are totally harmless, and pinken the lake every year.  The lake water evaporates in the heat of the summer, killing plankton that usually eat the algae , Stony Brook University marine ecology research professor Christopher Gobler explained to ABC News.   "So now, the algae is thriving and will probably [be] red until the lake fully evaporates, probably next month, during the peak of summer heat," he said. Gobler wouldn't recommend drinking the water, but added that the organisms have antioxidant properties.  They're also  rich in red beta carotene , which gives flamingos their pink color.  Tuz Golu is one of the largest salt lakes in the world , and lies in a tectonic depression in Turkey's dry central plateau. For most of the year, it ...
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Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice 22.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Business
The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into ...
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Hillary Clinton Is No Progressive 21.7.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice 21.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. As people in […]
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Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice 21.7.2015 AP Business
NEW YORK (AP) -- The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel....
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The Superplant That May Finally Topple the Rubber Monopoly 13.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
As we ride through the desert, Mathur explains how he and his company hope to break Asian rubber monopoly using gene sequencing and an unassuming desert plant. It's a long story, and about halfway in, as a way of describing this grand plan, he tells me about his ...
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Summer forecast for Lake Erie: Another big algae outbreak 9.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers who have been keeping a close eye on Lake Erie say they think this summer will bring one of the most severe toxic algae outbreaks in recent years.
Plankton snacking on plastic caught on camera for the first time 6.7.2015 New Scientist: Being Human
Watch zooplankton waft tiny, fluorescent beads of plastic towards them, before swallowing the stuff – demonstrating the dangers of marine ...
Missionary zeal for ethanol in roots of NASCAR sponsor 5.7.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which administers the ethanol program, has proposed a sharp cutback in ethanol mandates that were expanded by Congress in 2007.
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Minnesota officials warn of toxic algae after child sickened 3.7.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
It's not always clear when algae blooms are toxic, so it's best to stay away if the water has a foul smell.
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High temperatures, sunny skies could aggravate algal bloom in lakes 3.7.2015 Seattle Times: Local
The unusually warm temperatures could be perfect conditions for toxic algae to grow in area lakes.
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Can we grow plants in space? 2.7.2015 Environmental News Network
A Purdue University study shows that targeting plants with red and blue LEDs provides energy-efficient lighting in contained environments, a finding that could advance the development of crop-growth modules for space exploration.
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