Toxic Algae Blooms Across the U.S.

Toxic Algae Blooms Across the U.S.

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Toxic algal blooms have been spreading throughout the United States. This year, states like Utah and Washington, Florida, and the Great Lakes are seeing explosive algal growth.  In fact, a report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) found cases of toxic algae in every state except Alaska. Last year the EWG […]

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Study Finds Many Lakes are Losing Oxygen at an Alarming Rate

Study Finds Many Lakes are Losing Oxygen at an Alarming Rate

Oxygen levels in lakes are declining globally according to a new study, and experts say that it could have dangerous implications for the wildlife and humans that rely on freshwater ecosystems.

Why This Matters: Lakes only cover 3% of the earth’s surface, but are some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, providing food and water for millions of people around the globe.

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Freshwater Fish in Peril, New WWF Report States

Freshwater Fish in Peril, New WWF Report States

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report entitled The World’s Forgotten Fishes from the World Wildlife Fund has found that there has been a “catastrophic” decline in freshwater fish, with nearly a third of all freshwater fish species coming perilously close to extinction.  The statistics paint a sobering picture: 26% of all critically […]

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