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First Identification of Endocrine Disruptors in Algae Blooms
Scientists are reporting for the first time that previously unrecognized substances released by algae blooms have the potential to act as endocrine disruptors, which can interfere with the normal activity of reproductive hormones.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers have found that blue-green algae may be responsible for producing an estrogen-like compound in the environment which could disrupt the normal activity of reproductive hormones and adversely affect fish, plants and human health.

Possible human health effects include skin rashes, fever and liver damage. Scientists note that harmful blooms of toxin-producing algae occur in waters throughout the world and are a growing health and environmental concern. As a result, the scientists are calling for a revision of environmental monitoring programs to watch for these new substances.

 
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Massive Amounts of Trash Trapped In Miami Canal Booms Can Be Seen From Space - A significant volume of trash gets through the flood booms because they are not designed for capturing trash. When they open the floodgates, all the trash goes straight out to the bay. This is a significant source of trash and debris in our bay, which goes out to the ocean, and this isn't just a little. This is probably tons of trash every year in our own first world country.


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