Climate Change Aids Toxic Slime’s Advance

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Sewage and fertilizer runoff into China’s Lake Taihu have fed a nasty bloom: an annual explosion of frothy cyanobacteria, which release neurotoxins into the lake. Hans Paerl, a marine and environmental scientist who studies Lake Taihu, says the warmer temperatures brought by climate change only contribute to the slime’s advance.

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Hans Paerl

Hans Paerl is a professor in marine and environmental sciences at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Institute of Marine Sciences in Morehead City, North Carolina.

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