Extreme Weather: A Mixed Bag for Dead Zones

World Resources Institute: This year’s extreme weather events--a warm winter, even warmer summer, and a drought that covered nearly two-thirds of the continental United States--has certainly caused its fair share of damages. But despite the crop failures, water shortages, and heat waves, extreme weather created at least one benefit: smaller dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay and Gulf of Mexico. On a normal year, rain washes pollutants like nitrogen and phosphorous from farms and urban areas into the two bodies of water, fueling......

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