The Australian Sean Parnell 5 March 2015 pp 1 -2
Toxins associated with blue-green algae blooms in waterways are being investigated as the potential cause of the rapid growth of Australians dying from motor neurone disease. Researchers working on a suspected MND cluster around Griffith in NSW say blue-green algae could be the common environmental link in several cases.
MND is responsible for a growing number of deaths in Australia.
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(McGill University 26 February 2015) The organisms commonly known as blue-green algae have proliferated much more rapidly than other algae in lakes across North America and Europe over the past two centuries — and in many cases the rate of increase has sharply accelerated since the mid-20th century, according to an international team of researchers led by scientists at McGill University.
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ABC news 16 February 2015
A health alert has been issued for the Port Macquarie-Hastings area due to a spate of algal blooms.
Water testing in the Camden Haven River, Googly’s Lagoon and the Hastings River at Settlement Point has detected marine blue green algae.
The algae Trichodesmium is commonly known as ‘sea sawdust’.