Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017

Shellshocked?

Climate change threatens Chesapeake Bay oysters

Oyster aquaculture and wild harvest are regulated to minimize risks of Vibrio contamination, but as Chesapeake water warms, bacteria concentrations are expected to increase, requiring adjustment of precautions, researchers say. (Dave Harp)

Bay Journal

Bay Journal & York Dispatch

As climate change warms the Chesapeake Bay, people face heightened risks of getting ill from eating raw oysters out of the estuary or from swimming in its waters over the next several decades, a new study warns. A research team led by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration projects that two of three harmful strains of Vibrio bacteria already found in the Chesapeake can be expected to grow in abundance as temperatures rise.

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Heat wave fans toxic algae blooms in New York

Syracuse.com & N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation

The number of water bodies in New York with toxic algae blooms rose again last week, thanks to an unprecedented late September heat wave. The Department of Environmental Conservation said 68 water bodies in the state have blooms last week, up from 65 the previous week and 56 the week before. The blooms will likely diminish as cooler, wetter weather sets in.

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Scientists push ahead with GenX plans, studies

North Carolina Health News, Star News & AP

Scientists and regulators are mapping out how to monitor and ultimately deal with North Carolina's GenX contaminant crisis and how to create regulation in a way that prevents another from recurring. This is occurring even as investigations continue and political debate heats up over the state’s response to revelations that GenX and other potentially harmful compounds have been dumped into the Cape Fear River for several decades.

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