Saturday August 16, 2014, 7:59 am
Nasty stuff. From factory farms to fracking to other industrial pollution to general overpopulation - these are factors that are and will deleteriously affect us in the next two to ten years. Everything is connected.
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:06 pm
A natural phenomena, but how much of the size is attributable to the human race . . . pollution etc? On the west coast, we have red tides to but I have seen nothing quite like this. During red tides, all seafood (oysters, crabs etc) are off limits.
Saturday August 16, 2014, 6:38 pm
Thanks I live in Florida and beaches are important to the tourist industry. Not sure where they got their photo from for the article as it certainly isn't Florida, we don't have mountains.
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:01 pm
Red tide is something like the flu...growing up, you knew you were going to get it at least once a year but you just never knew how bad or for how long. We always hoped as time and technology waned on red tide would be "cured." Alas, our hopes have not come to fruition and it is highly unlikely red tide will cease to exist. The resulting smell can best be described like death at sea or on "good" days just rotten fish!
Saturday August 16, 2014, 9:30 pm
From what I understand, red tide or algae blooms are a yearly event, but have been increasing since 1991.
Scientists generally, believe that coastal pollution from human sewage, agricultural runoff, along with rising ocean temperatures are the probable causes.
Agricultural runoff includes large numbers of nutrients and fertilizers.
Also, an increase of 1 degree Celsius in ocean water appears to play a role.
Sunday August 17, 2014, 5:09 am
Thank you Cal. For those that want more information, you can go here and check out specific maps and significantly more detailed information. http://m.myfwc.com/research/redtide/statewide/ Florida fish and Wildlife Commission
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:05 am
Rubio, Scott, what do you think caused this red mass of trouble to show up on the Florida coast? To you, the answer isn't through science is it? What do you plan to do about it in the future? Oh, nothing, I see, it will just go away, right?