Climate change and fertilizer runoff spell bad news for Lake Erie

Categories: Big picture
Published on: January 10, 2015

PBS NewsHour / Rebecca Jacobson / 07 January 2015

Lake Erie green algaeIt’s been a rough four years for Lake Erie. In 2011, there was a record-setting algae bloom on the lake. The following year Lake Erie experienced its largest ever “dead zone,” an area of oxygen-depleted water that chokes fish and plants. Then in August 2014 a toxic algal bloom near Toledo, Ohio forced the town to shut off its water.

A study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that these events weren’t bad luck. They were a result of weather patterns altered by climate change.