Green Bloom

china algae infestation

A massive algae outbreak has seized the city of Qingdao. Algae are now blooming over more than 12,900 square kilometers, or 5,000 square miles, of sea water. State media reported that 100,000 tons of the algae had already been taken out of the water. Much of it was being transported to farms as feed for pigs and other animals, according to news reports. The country's official news agency, Xinhua, has reported that algae covers a third of the coastal waters designated for the Olympic competition.

china algae infestation

Many coastal Chinese cities dump untreated sewage into the sea, but officials in Qingdao this week said pollution and poor water quality did not have a "substantial link" to the current algae outbreak. Instead, scientists blame the bloom on increased rainfall and warmer waters in the Yellow Sea.

Media reports estimate as many as 20,000 people have either volunteered or been ordered to participate in the operation, while 1,000 boats are scooping algae out of the Yellow Sea.

china algae infestation

Residents have said Qingdao, which means "Green Island," was prone to summer algae infestations but that this year's was noticeably worse.

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