• Re: A 5,000-mile blanket of seaweed that can be seen from space is thre

    From Burn it@21:1/5 to governor.swill@gmail.com on Mon Mar 13 07:59:24 2023
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    In article <29c73e60-b401-418f-9df2-
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    <governor.swill@gmail.com> wrote:

    Pour some diesel on it and burn the shit.


    An enormous carpet of seaweed stretching 5,000 miles is set to
    cause problems along the beaches of Florida and Mexico as
    scientists become increasingly concerned about the impacts of
    the algae.

    The "Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt" is a massive bloom of brown
    algae that stretches from the coast of West Africa to the Gulf
    of Mexico. It is the largest seaweed bloom in the world
    weighing approximately 20 million tons and is visible from
    outer space.

    Seaweed is usually fairly innocuous and has benefits like
    providing habitats for fish and absorbing carbon dioxide. But
    the sargassum spanning about twice the width of the US could
    wreak havoc on beaches as ocean currents push it towards land.

    While the consequences of the Sargassum Belt have concerned
    scientists for the past decade, experts say this year's bloom is
    particularly alarming, according to reporting by Denise Chow for
    NBC News published Saturday.

    "It's incredible," Brian LaPointe, a research professor at
    Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic
    Institute, told NBC News. "What we're seeing in the satellite
    imagery does not bode well for a clean beach year."

    LaPointe, who has studied sargassum for four decades, told the
    news outlet that beaches in Key West are already being covered
    with the algae, despite the piles usually washing ashore in May.
    Beaches in Mexico like in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum
    are also preparing for a large build-up of sargassum this week.

    The size of the mass of seaweed is growing each year with 2018
    and 2022 having record-breaking increases, Brian Barnes, an
    assistant research professor at the University of South
    Florida's College of Marine Science, told NBC News. This year is
    approaching these records, he said.

    The negative effects of the mass of algae are manifold it can
    destroy coastal ecosystems, suffocate coral, harm wildlife,
    threaten infrastructure, and decrease air and water quality,
    according to Sky News.

    One study in 2019 suggested that deforestation and fertilizer
    use may be responsible for the alarming rate at which the mass
    is growing the effects of which are all exacerbated by climate
    change.

    "I think I've replaced my climate change anxiety with sargassum
    anxiety," Patricia Estridge, CEO of Seaweed Generation, told The
    Guardian.

    Furthermore, as beached sargassum dies and rots, it has a
    "distinct rotten-egg smell," Insider previously reported, which
    has caused a huge problem for tourism in both Mexico and Florida.

    Hotels and resorts in Mexico, for example, spend millions each
    year to get rid of beaches of sargassum, hiring workers to
    collect it and move it elsewhere.

    <https://www.businessinsider.com/massive-seaweed-bloom-floating- atlantic-one-largest-on-record-2023-3>

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