The Stream, October 19: Drought Unleashes Red Tide in Texas Gulf

The largest red tide algae bloom since 2000 is gripping the Texas Gulf Coast, the Associated Press reported. The prolonged Texas drought this year kept freshwater from reaching the Gulf, raising the salinity levels in which the algae thrive.

Despite record-breaking rainfall in October, 99 percent of Texas remains under severe drought conditions, Think Progress reported.

Meanwhile, ninety-two people have died in Mexico and Central America amid heavy rains, mudslides and flooding.

Rivers and streams release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, adding a new variable to climate change modeling, UPI reported, citing a new study by Yale University.

About 12 million hectares of arable land are lost every year due to degradation, the Guardian reported. This article looks at the global effects of desertification, and how the process can be stopped through sustainable water and soil management.

Japan is considering stopping its entire nuclear energy program in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, AlertNet reported. And The New Yorker looks at Japan’s nuclear predicament seven months after the Fukushima accident.

Deforestation from Uganda’s government-backed sugar industry threatens the Mabira Forest Reserve, AlterNet reported.

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