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Giant China algae slick getting bigger: report
AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/24/10 | AFP

Posted on 06/24/2010 9:40:20 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

BEIJING (AFP) – A floating expanse of green algae floating off China's eastern seaboard is growing and spreading further along the coast, state-run media has reported.

The algae bloom has expanded by about 50 percent since it was first reported by state media earlier in the week to 320 square kilometres (120 square miles), or about four times the size of Hong Kong island, Xinhua news agency said.

The algae island was previously situated several kilometres off the coast of Shandong province but has expanded southwards to waters off neighbouring Jiangsu, it said in a dispatch late Wednesday.

Algae blooms are typically caused by pollution in China and suck up huge amounts of oxygen needed by marine wildlife to survive and leave a foul stench when they wash up on beaches.

The report, which quoted the State Oceanic Administration, gave no indication how close the algae bloom was to the coast or whether it was moving towards the shore.

Earlier in the week Xinhua said it was drifting toward Shandong, spurring the local branch of the State Oceanic Administration, which monitors marine conditions, to dispatch vessels in a bid to clear the algae.

It had warned that the bloom could threaten marine life and the region's tourism industry.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: algae; china
developing

or should I say?

growing

1 posted on 06/24/2010 9:40:21 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

We need a moratorium on all algae drilling.


2 posted on 06/24/2010 9:40:50 AM PDT by RockinRight (I can see November from here!)
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To: RockinRight

Where is the UN? GreenPeace?


3 posted on 06/24/2010 9:41:19 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

Will that type of algae eat petroleum, I wonder?


4 posted on 06/24/2010 9:41:35 AM PDT by Ender Wiggin
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama blamed it on Bush.
5 posted on 06/24/2010 9:43:03 AM PDT by immadashell
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To: Ender Wiggin

Will that type of algae eat petroleum, I wonder?

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If it did, Obama would reject the idea, as he has deliberately rejected all other help — he NEEDS this crisis badly to help his “green” money machine.


6 posted on 06/24/2010 9:44:05 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: NormsRevenge

Bush’s fault?


7 posted on 06/24/2010 9:44:15 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Harvest and process for vegetable oil and then make bio-diesel.


8 posted on 06/24/2010 9:44:32 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I kinda like it.


9 posted on 06/24/2010 9:44:46 AM PDT by RedMDer (Throw them all out in 2010... Forward with Confidence! Forward!)
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To: NormsRevenge
No problem.

Once they find out it tastes vaguely like carp, they'll eat it.

10 posted on 06/24/2010 9:45:06 AM PDT by Zakeet (The Big Wee Wee -- rapidly moving America from WTF to SNAFU to FUBAR)
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To: immadashell

He blamed it on Bush?? Dick Cheney is clearly the culprit here! Cheney and his bloody algae bloom machine!


11 posted on 06/24/2010 9:45:44 AM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: NormsRevenge
Good thing the liberals exclude China from the Kyoto Protocols - if they didn't this Blob my starve to death.


12 posted on 06/24/2010 9:47:00 AM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: NormsRevenge

This is just another BP algae spill. Put the boot on their neck, Salazar.


13 posted on 06/24/2010 10:28:39 AM PDT by TopQuark
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To: NormsRevenge
I thought algae, being a green plant like thing, made oxygen? Isn't it bacteria that “eats” it up? WTF!! Am I just all backwards or what?
14 posted on 06/24/2010 10:33:46 AM PDT by chaos_5
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To: NormsRevenge

But...but.. Pres. Obama and Tom Friedman at the NY Times have assured that China is ahead of the curve when it comes to green technology. Surely this must be the work of Halliburton.


15 posted on 06/24/2010 10:39:34 AM PDT by CarWashMan
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To: NormsRevenge
The industrious Chinese will no doubt be selling us algae products soon.
16 posted on 06/24/2010 10:47:01 AM PDT by dangerdoc
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To: NormsRevenge

Why not swap out the Melamine they are putting in our baby food with this algae, wouldn’t that increase profitability?


17 posted on 06/24/2010 10:49:11 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: chaos_5

You are right, bacteria is the oil eater, ie, “Pseudomonas Putida”


18 posted on 06/24/2010 10:50:28 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: NormsRevenge
suck up huge amounts of oxygen needed by marine wildlife

That's an often repeated lie. Algae emit O2. It's bacteria eating the unharvested algae that cause CO2 and oxygen depletion, as well as most methane gas.

19 posted on 06/24/2010 10:56:15 AM PDT by Reeses (Sowcialist: a voter bought with food stamps)
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To: NormsRevenge
Ewww...


20 posted on 06/24/2010 11:31:50 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: Reeses
suck up huge amounts of oxygen needed by marine wildlife

That's an often repeated lie. Algae emit O2. It's bacteria eating the unharvested algae that cause CO2 and oxygen depletion, as well as most methane gas.

What's the difference? When you have algae blooms, the stuff dies and suffocates the water and stinks. Just because its the death of it that causes the bacterial problems doesn't mean algae blooms aren't a serious problem.

To me it just evidences the HUGE environmental problems socialist countries cause....FAR MORE than the people in any free capitalist country would put up with....

21 posted on 06/24/2010 11:39:03 AM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To me it just evidences the HUGE environmental problems socialist countries cause

China isn't much of a socialist country. They don't even have a social security system for retirement. It's the tradition in China that sons take care of their parents in retirement, and daughters take care of their husband's parents, hence the strong preference for baby boys. If you have a baby girl in China you'd better make plans to emigrate to the USA for free retirement.

I suppose you could argue the BP oil disaster was caused by socialist countries: ours and formerly-Great Britain.

As China's wealth grows you'll see growing envy and leftism from within. The leftists will use environmentalism to fight the growing prosperity. Richer countries can afford the high costs of environmentalism.

Algae is not just bacteria food, it's fish food. Tow the algae out to sea where the fish are and can eat it, and you'll have more fish that people can eat. This is a bacteria problem, or a fish food distribution problem, but algae shouldn't be demonized. Algae are probably going to be the future petroleum replacement, allowing capitalism to continue to flourish. For that reason the leftist MSM is already gearing up to always mention algae in the worst possible light.

22 posted on 06/24/2010 12:51:33 PM PDT by Reeses (Sowcialist: a voter bought with food stamps)
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To: NormsRevenge

They will skim it, dry it and put it in baby food, or dog food.


23 posted on 06/24/2010 1:41:29 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
Ahh! The old Halliburton scapegoat trick.
24 posted on 06/24/2010 3:16:14 PM PDT by immadashell
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