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Lough Neagh: The year the UK's largest lake turned green

After toxic algae caused havoc in Lough Neagh and further afield, what's in store for 2024?
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Phosphorus saved our way of life—and now threatens to end it

Fertilizers filled with the nutrient boosted our ability to feed the planet. Today, they’re creating vast and growing dead zones in our lakes and seas.
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The world’s farms are hooked on phosphorus. It’s a problem

Half of the globe’s crop productivity comes from a key fertilizer ingredient that’s non-renewable—and literally washing away.
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Lake Erie's toxic cyanobacterial bloom lasted an unusually long time this year

The toxic cyanobacterial bloom that’s become a yearly problem in Lake Erie’s western basin was relatively small this year. But the bloom has lasted an unusually long time. It didn't start to break up until recently.
Warming winters are increasing fertilizer runoff and polluting waterways, a new study finds

Warming winters are increasing fertilizer runoff and polluting waterways, a new study finds

A new study finds as winter weather warms across the Midwest, fertilizers that once froze are now finding their way into streams and rivers.
Is agrochemical contamination killing Nebraska's children?

Is agrochemical contamination killing Nebraska's children?

The harrowing trail of toxic nutrients in farm country water.
Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bi of help: extra feeding

Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bi of help: extra feeding

In a first, wildlife officials have decided to provide food for the mammals, which have suffered catastrophic losses over the last year.
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