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July flooding pulled nutrients, waste into Vermont's waters — and climate change is making it worse

At the peak of the flooding in July, more than 4 billion gallons of water flowed into Lake Champlain every hour carrying fuel oil, mercury, diesel, and phosphorus from upstream communities.
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New era begins for ‘dead zone’ tracking in Chesapeake Bay

The main objective is to give Bay scientists a clearer understanding of where and when low-oxygen conditions occur.

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Good news for Madison lakes, but climate change could offset it

A Clean Lakes Alliance report indicates less phosphorous in the Yahara chain of lakes, which ultimately could mean more summer days when the lakes are free from algae blooms, but increased rainfall events could inhibit the progress.

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Climate change is worsening the water quality issues at the center of a dispute over Lake Auburn

Climate change has been contributing to worsening water quality in Lake Auburn, as winter ice cover diminishes, and water temperatures are rising, giving algae more time to grow. And more extreme storm events can dump sediment and runoff which further degrade water quality.
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A giant blob of seaweed is heading to Florida

The mass, known as the great Atlantic Sargassum belt, is drifting toward the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists say seaweed is likely to come ashore by summer to create a rotting, stinking, scourge.
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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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