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Red Alert as Arctic Snows Melt Faster

Microscopic forms of colored algae are suspected of helping to speed up the melting rate of snow by reducing its crucial ability to reflect the sun’s rays.

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Seeds of Doubt Over Iron Boost for Algae

New research suggests that fertilizing oceans with iron to increase the growth of algae that absorb carbon dioxide is not the hoped-for answer to reducing global warming.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Coral Reefs Are Dying as El Niño Heats Up

The third mass coral bleaching in recent history is underway as record ocean warmth creates a crisis in the tropics.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE



Crude Oil Made From Algae May Compete With Cheap Petroleum

Scientists can turn the sea plants into oil in less than 60 minutes; the FDA is forcing antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove the efficacy of their product or take it off the shelves; meanwhile, America’s state borders would look very different if many had their way. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Team Makes Oil From Algae—Fast

Although it’s still a long way from commercial viability, a U.S. team has produced oil from algae in less than an hour, in contrast with the millions of years the natural process needs.

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Plan to Salt the Oceans Gets Thumbs Down

One proposed method of counteracting greenhouse gas emissions—fertilizing the oceans with algae-nurturing iron—would be hugely expensive, requiring a new industry to match the size of the global coal-mining sector, a study says.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE


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