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"Olympic nightmare: A red tide in the Yellow Sea

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Last Edited: July 1, 2008, 8:10 am

Well looks like the Olympics may serve to direct environmentalists attention to real pollution problems.  If that happened in the US the media would have the the rest of the world throwing a hissie-fit at us.

Having kept an aquarium in the past there is a cycle in which waste is broken down with phosphate as the final by-product.  Phosphate is not toxic to fish but is a superb fertilizer for algae which is what happened here on a much larger scale.  Algae overgrows choking out other beneficial plants.

Looks like China could at least build some sewage treatment plants using water hyacinth then harvest those for fertilizer.


"Olympic nightmare: A red tide in the Yellow Sea -

Source  International Herald Tribune

 

BEIJING: With less than six weeks before it plays host to the Olympic sailing regatta, the city of Qingdao has mobilized thousands of people and an armada of small boats to clean up an algae bloom that is choking large stretches of the coastline and threatening to impede the Olympic competition.

Local officials have initiated an all-out effort to clean up the algae by mid-July. Media reports estimate that as many as 20,000 people have either volunteered or been ordered to participate in the operation, while 1,000 boats are scooping algae out of the Yellow Sea. The official news agency, Xinhua, reported that algae currently covered a third of the coastal waters designated for the Olympic races.

Water quality has been a concern for the sailing events, given that many coastal Chinese cities dump untreated sewage into the sea. At the same time, rivers and tributaries emptying into coastal waters are often contaminated with high levels of nitrates from agricultural and industrial runoff. These nitrates contribute to the red tides of algae that often bloom along sections of China's coastline.

But officials in Qingdao said pollution and poor water quality did not have a "substantial link" to the current outbreak, according to Xinhua. Instead, scientists blamed the bloom on increased rainfall and warmer waters in the Yellow Sea. Algae are now blooming over more than 12,900 square kilometers, or 5,000 square miles, of the sea, according to Xinhua.

"We will make all our efforts to finish this job," said a propaganda official in Qingdao. "Now, forces from the entire province have become involved." He said ships and boats had been sent from two other coastal cities, Rizhao and Yantai, to help haul away the algae. ..............."

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/06/30/asia/china.php

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Comments

1.
time*treatComment by time*treat - July 1, 2008, 8:36 am
Haha "propaganda official". They don't even pretend, do they?
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konaneComment by konane - July 1, 2008, 12:00 pm
Thanks Time*treat!
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justxploringComment by justxploring - July 2, 2008, 12:44 am
We are often plagued by red tide in SW FL. I've seen miles of dead fish at times. But scientists usually say they can't define what actually causes it. So I must be thinking of another type of algae bloom. They usually say that it's not related to pollution.   I agree all the fertilizer people use to make their lawns green, pesticides, farm run-offs & waste products have a negative effect on the ecosystem and cause algal blooms. Until the past few years I never used to see so many beach closings because of bacteria. Makes me very sad. Too much development. Until I read this I didn't realize that cities in China still dumps untreated sewage.
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konaneComment by konane - July 2, 2008, 8:02 am
Thanks Justxploring! I often surf Chinese sites which have shown photos of their garbage problem, pollution problem in general so yes they have vastly more of those things to deal with than our own propaganda machine allows us to know.   

China seems to be where the US was back in the 40's and 50's in terms of unchecked pollution of all types. Within the past couple of years there was an announced major chemical spill in one of their rivers which provides drinking water for several cities. Info which seeps past their media controls may just be the tip of the iceberg.

Our own environmentalists have a brand new calling ... the sooner they leave the US alone and focus on real ecological problems halfway around the world the better off our economy will be.

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