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Toxic algal blooms in NZ – Expert Q&A

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 27th, 2017.

UPDATED: Last week, the New Zealand Government announced its intention to make 90 per cent of NZ’s waterways ‘swimmable’ by 2040. Yet with Summer hitting its peak, rivers and lakes are across the country are being closed to swimmers due to toxic algal blooms. The SMC asked Cawthron Institute’s Dr Susie Wood about whether these […]

Algal blooms re-evaluated for carbon capture

Peter Griffin posted in on July 19th, 2012.

Northern hemisphere researchers who put tonnes of iron into the Southern Ocean say it not only triggered a massive algal bloom, but that dying phytoplankton carried carbon from the atmosphere into the deep ocean. The experiment, published in the journal Nature, counters previous research findings which raised questions about the efficiency of  fertilising algal blooms […]

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