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Algae Blooms Increase as World’s Lake Water Warms
Algae blooms have been associated with mass fish kills, wildlife mortality, and liver failure and irreversible neurological disease in humans. Although harmful algal blooms have been documented for more than a century, recently the number and frequency of cases have drastically increased.

The warming waters of one of central Europe's most popular holiday destinations, Switzerland's Lake Zurich, have created an ideal environment for a population explosion of toxic algae. According to research published in leading scientific journals, Lake Zurich is by no means alone. Cyanobacteria now threaten the ecological well-being of some of the world's largest water bodies, including Lake Victoria in Africa, Lake Erie in the United States and Canada, Lake Taihu in China, the Baltic Sea in northern Europe, and the Caspian Sea in west Asia.

Thomas Posch, a scientist at Lake Zurich's Limnological Station, part of the Institute of Plant Biology at the University of Zurich, discovered that increasing average air temperatures and ensuing changes in surface water temperature have provided the ideal conditions for algae to live and bloom in near-epic proportions.

 
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