Rising CO2 levels will eventually force many of the Earth's life forms to adapt or end up being lost. One species, the blue-green algae, of which there are many toxin-producing varieties, is adapting very quickly, and that is not a good thing.
From 2005 until 2014, the massive die-off of baby right whales off Argentina's Patagonian coast had experts puzzled. While several causative events were suggested, scientists now think they have found the culprit, and it may be toxic algae.
After a blue-green film was discovered on the surface of the Willamette River earlier this past week, health officials in Oregon have now confirmed the culprit to be Microcystis aeruginosa, a toxic algae dangerous to humans and animals.
A warming climate, coupled with questionable soil management practices, has created ideal conditions for an explosion of toxic blue-green algae growth on Lake Erie. Alarm sirens blare as government officials work to find a solution to the algae problem.
Algae are plants. You could be forgiven for thinking otherwise when you see what the Golden Algae are capable of doing. This species has developed a range of toxic and non-toxic members. They also hunt prey and have an interesting social life.
A new report indicates that toxic algae are spreading through the ocean environment in both coastal and open ocean waters. That's not good news for the fisheries industry, because these algae spread contamination through the whole food chain.
Scientists believe the approximately 20 marine mammals -- sea lions and dolphins -- and birds that have washed ashore along the California coast have been sickened by eating fish that feeds on toxic algae.