Massive Toxic Algae Blooms May Prove a Sign of Climate Change to Come

[USA] The water began turning a barely perceptible brownish-green in early May, a sign that algae were present and growing in the waters of Monterey Bay. By the end of month, Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Continue reading Massive Toxic Algae Blooms May Prove a Sign of Climate Change to Come

'Shade balls' released into LA Reservoir in battle against crippling California drought and algae bloom

[USA] In a bid to fight prolonged and crippling drought, Los Angeles has acquired millions of plastic “shade balls” to help with water conservation efforts.

The balls can not only reduce evaporation by more than 1 billion litres, Continue reading 'Shade balls' released into LA Reservoir in battle against crippling California drought and algae bloom

Sniff out alien life with giant library of weird chemicals

[USA] I’m witnessing the future of the search for alien life. In a dimly lit office on the 17th floor of MIT’s tallest building, with shades drawn over the Charles river below, Sara Seager and six other researchers are showing me the foundation stones of a vast library of Continue reading Sniff out alien life with giant library of weird chemicals