Algae blooms are expected to devastate lakes in the next decades, as a direct result of climate change and warming waters. This could be potentially devastating for local ecosystems and those that depend on these freshwater reservoirs.
Beaver dams are helping restore natural ecosystems throughout the U.S. Essentially, a beaver dam blocks off water in one section of the stream, which then creates a pond or lake. Using this, researchers may have found a way to remove excess nitrogen from local estuaries.
Microbiologists recently discovered a way to combat worldwide ocean dead zones that are attributed to nitrogen-based fertilizers. Naturally occurring bacteria called rhizobia could replace nitrogen in fertilizer once more is learned about one of its genes called HrrP. Reduced nitrogen runoff would translate into fewer ocean dead zones.
Blue crabs can survive in oceans with lower oxygen concentrations. A recent study suggests that blue crabs will remain resilient even as water temperatures increase and oxygen levels decrease.
Scientists have discovered what are called "dead zones" in the tropical North Atlantic, and they could potentially lead to mass fish kills, according to new research.
You may have heard that regardless of what is causing climate change (be it natural, man-driven, or both) humanity must act now if there is any hope of preventing the problems that it will cause for society and the natural world alike in the future. However, some researchers are now making the argument that even adapting to our warming world will bring new and unconsidered problems.
These last few years haven't exactly been Lake Erie's best. It was recently revealed that the lake has become even more vulnerable to harmful algae blooms (HABs) than it once was. To top that, the lake's invasive zebra mussel problem has simply gotten worse, and now experts are saying that a 2012 drought has led to the worst dead zone the lake has seen in decades.
Some good may come from climate change after all. Dead zones, the most oxygen deprive portions of our world's oceans, may actually be due for some shrinkage due to changing atmospheric patterns and water temperatures, according to a recently study.