UK lakes and canals hit by toxic algae scum

Guardian: A bald coot swims through blue-green algae. A combination of mild weather and high levels of phosphate nutrients from agriculture and homes are to blame for the green, porridge-like toxic algae blooms that have blighted British canals and lakes this summer, the Environment Agency has said. There have been 83 algal incidents so far this year – a month into the three-month algae season – a higher than usual amount, according to the agency. In 2010, the number of incidents reached 225, while the......

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