And You Thought China Wasn’t Green…

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Chinese have been starting to enjoy their nation’s beautiful green beaches yet again, with 2013 proving a bumper year for the pollution nourished algal blooms which have plagued Chinese coasts of late.

The algae’s incredible bloom, said to cover nearly 30,000 square kilometres and not seen to such an extent since the distant past of 2008, is believed to be the result of the profusion of nutrients available thanks to the vast quantities of industrial effluent and sewage China helpfully pumps into its rivers and seas.

Although the algae itself is regarded as harmless to human life (the effect a bloom has on marine life is another matter however) and were it not raised in pristine Chinese waters might actually be considered edible, fears about toxic concentrations of gases emitted from its decomposition have the authorities scrambling to remove it lest it poison someone or do the other thing China has had so much experience with lately.

They report 20,000 tonnes of the stuff has already been removed, although what measures, if any, they intend to take to stem the flow of pollutants into the sea are not clear.

Fortunately local beach-goers remain unfazed, although between this and the summer smog it is hard to imagine their tourism industry faces much of a future:

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    Comment by Charismatic Vampire
    11:08 06/07/2013 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    They should figure out how to make fuel from that stuff and solve their energy problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:29 06/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They dry it out and grind it down for animal fodder, according to the BBC. It's not toxic to animals or people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Algae livestock feed...

    Can't be worse than ground up animal organs and castoffs as animal feed here in the States. Cows eating cows. At least they can't get Mad Cow Disease from Algae.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's china so we can expect something like Exploding Algae Disease. It would be funny to hear the slogan for selling that "it's so good, it explodes with flavor".

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 08/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    can't be as bad as soy sauce made from sewage, right? ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:50 07/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    New attraction coming soon: Exploding Beaches!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 09/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Coming soon in your cinema: Michael Bay's "The Beach", rated E for Explosive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:45 07/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow, it's cool, Exploding Algae i mean :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:40 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some animals are able to digest toxins that would kill humans. Their bodies are able to endure the poison and convert them to nutrients, or something similar.
    I've read that several years ago.
    Also as a child I was told not to eat some orange berries, because they are poisonous. Those berries are eaten by birds, showing that they don't affect other creatures.

    On the matter of the Chinese algae. They contain toxic gases and other bad stuff, thanks to the chemical waste disposed into the sea.
    Just because some animals can stomach these algae doesn't mean it's not harmful to humans.

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    Comment by Riiku
    18:46 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure not just for animals... beware of the chinese nori products

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 08/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soylent Green - it's not people this time, we promise!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 12/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    THE NEW TYPE OF SOY

    CHINESE SOY! SPECIAL ALGAE EDITION WITH FIBER-PACKED INGREDIENTS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sayas the Americans who consume 50% of world's oil while exporting all the Manufacturing (cough cough uses oil) to other country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:38 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    with fracking and other new technology (directional drilling)the USA will be oil independent in about 20years, so says Science journal.
    http://www.arabnews.com/news/452929

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    Comment by Acularius
    02:28 07/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    USA won't be oil independent, it will just remove the little oil conservation it does to increase demand again or find new ways to artificially inflate demand.

    In the meantime, the areas were you frack will be environmentally untenable for a VERY long time.

    I'm personally in favour of Thorium reactors burning off the nuclear waste we have in lieu of economically viable fusion reactors.

    In the meantime we need to figure out a new mobile energy source, or better batteries unless you like trains and public transit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:53 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    One word: Firewater!

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    Comment by Mitchell
    23:06 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Plus it destroys communities and pollutes the water, and so on.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    16:12 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't fracking the stuff that makes your water burnable?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LBjSXWQRV8

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:15 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    dear friend the fracking creates earthquakes

    Comment by Anonymous

    "I'm personally in favor of Thorium reactors burning off the nuclear waste we have in lieu of economically viable fusion reactors."

    I am personally in favor of tooth fairy managing the banking system myself.

    Commercially, economically viable scientific achievement =/= 'reportedly viable' scientific achievement

    Comment by Anonymous

    Too many butthurts. What's the matter, can't take that shit? What technology doesn't come with some side effects? They will work it out like always.

    Too bad for OPEC. They should ahve learned their lesson from the 1980s oil glut that they can't do shit against the world in a real straight up economic competition. Especially when you don't even control 30 percent of world oil supply unless their fuck wit the numbers.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They would have been oil independent 20 years ago if they weren't lazy and just stuck with oil.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:51 06/07/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    downvoted by stupid fucks who can't handle how US ass fucks them at every turn in the end. How sad.

    US fracking was a good move and a bitch slap across the face to all the fools who thought US couldn't get off of foreign oil. In truth, US is decreasing its oil dependency on imports and increasing domestic oil production at the same time, which means that in a decade, US will be completely oil independent AND have a reservoir of oil (conventional and shale) that could last the next 100 years while we figure out the fusion reaction ignition. In reality, the only proven, vastly prospected and researched sources of shale oil reserves are around 1.6 to 2.4 trillion barrels, and 70 to 75 percent of them which are economically viable to extract are all in the United States of America.

    In fact, we can already produce a fusion reaction, it's just a little energy inefficient which is being rectified.

    Good news? We will be free to impose domestic cap on energy sources if we are more or less independent of world supplies for oil. We will be able to produce greater energy research into renewable and affordable power sources while we run on surplus of oil production.

    Bad news? Not really.

    Only the world bitching will get louder since they are getting nuclear ass fucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You are about 5 years behind the times. Might want to catch up.

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    Comment by James Bond
    17:17 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your percentage was pulled out of your ass, might want to pull that dick out of your ass too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:46 07/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    This just in: Asian pilots are no better than asian drivers. How the fuck do you miss that long ass landing strip coming from the fucking ocean.

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    Comment by James Bond
    17:13 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Everyone uses oil; you should probably kill yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Okay geez hold on... I'll go outside jogging in a brief moment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:21 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the amount of energy required to break down the cellulose in algae still makes it not viable. also they buy tons of USA coal helping offset some trade deficits. course it pollutes more and well: welcome to the cycle of pollution made money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Alll the chinese SFC, WAgdonald's etc must be pretty happy, as now they have to look for one less ingridient among the sewage and trash. I can only imagine of what their salads will be made from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's good thing that is not toxic, here we have only toxic algae.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:44 07/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    its all your fault , niya!

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    Comment by cpc65
    18:52 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why? They have plenty of high sulfate coal to burn. They obviously don't care about the pollution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:03 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or make food :P

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Use something that growed on industrial waste and sewage as food is not recommended... On the other hand many of them eat worse stuff everyday...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:10 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Don't trust Art-efact's grasp on science.

    Algae bloom has nothing to do with industrial waste or sewage, both of which kills off green algae. It has to do with excess iron from fertilizer runoff after rainy season. We have this stuff year round here in Long Island Sound.

    And yeah, it's good material for bio fuel, far more efficient than corn, and not wasteful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Never mind, they eat periodic table everyday.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:34 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Algae = biofuel. The problem is that to gather and transport this algae and then process it will cost more in energy than it would generate.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The question is, can you smoke it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:17 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    >13:34 06/07/2013 # !

    You'd think so, but no, it's iron, not nitrogen. It's not the same as land plants.

    There's plenty of everything in the ocean except iron, which is in critical short supply and the only limiting factor for algae bloom.

    http://www.livescience.com/24025-illegal-iron-dumping-phytoplankton-bloom.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:28 07/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In the US and Canada there's actually a number of fields that are fertilized with human and animal waste.

    ...industrial waste on the other hand is another matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:34 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    nitrogen not iron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    With the way they are hauling some of it off, it looks like food might be on the agenda.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    13:07 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yeah truly an EXPLOSIVE FOOD! LOL

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    Comment by Powerpuff Loli
    12:53 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least their efforts to give radioactive powers to their citizens have not waned.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 06/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Where the fuck is Captain Planet?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:25 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    He got cancer from absorbing so much toxins

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:20 06/07/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hasn't The Last of Us taught us any thing?!

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    Comment by Tasche
    11:29 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes...time to take precautions and "Quarantine" them. Lest they turn into clickers and doom society.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:35 06/07/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    在sankaku,中国的地位和XBOX360差不多,基本就是过街老虎,各种群嘲,各位高贵的老美阿宅,我们清楚共产党是什么货色,也知道自己该走怎样的路,但真不值得你们这些高贵的阿宅们在键盘上怒战,做好自己的事情,少喷点粪吧。

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    At least try typing English or else no one would even try to understand you.
    Build up your etiquette in using English site before you demand respect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, that dude was totally asking for it. I have no idea why some of my Chinese fellas refuse to type in English. I am pretty sure they can read English. May be they think we will even try to use Google translate?
    Btw, may be China will be #1 in biofuel production thanks to the alage bloom? They can be both #1 in green energy production and the worst country that release toxic chemical into the ocean. That will be funny.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    In sankaku, China's position and XBOX360 almost across the street is the basic tiger, a variety of group ridicule, ladies and noble old US-Arab house, we know what stuff the Communist Party, but also know how to go their own way, but they really do not deserve you a house noble anger they fight on the keyboard and do their own thing, spray a little less manure it.

    lololol don't even make sense in google translate at all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    大多数人都没有什么恶意 只是吐槽而已 让他们开开眼界
    一笑而过吧 别跟他们认真 反正他们也不真正了解天朝的人和事
    当然喷子什么的有时也有(喷的不只是天朝,他们啥都喷)你这样光打中文反而会招喷。顺带一提 这里不只有美国人
    不要担心天朝被喷 我敢保证外面喷天朝和其他国家的网站根本数不胜数。 在这里根本就是娱乐 天朝做得好的也会受到表扬 比如说一些cosplay展览啊什么的

    To be fair, I‘ll roughly translate his/her comment and my response to English. Please excuse my amateur translation.

    Comment:
    At Sankaku, China's status is pretty much the same as the XBOX 360. The attention of ridicule and mockery. Dear American otaku, we know what the communist party is like and we know what road we should be travelling on, but things/posts like this should not be paid this much attention. Mind your own business, stop spreading hate.

    My response:
    The majority of the people here are just commenting on something they rarely see, they're not really bashing on or expressing hate towards China. Just laugh it off. They don't really know what things are like in China or the mindsets of the Chinese people anyways. Of course there is the occasional troll or hater (but they're everywhere, badmouthing not only China). Commenting in full Chinese actually attracts more hate. By the way, it's not just Americans that use this site.
    Don't worry about China being bashed. I can assure you there are an innumerable amount of websites dedicated to bashing China among other countries. But it's purely for entertainment here. China is also praised what it does well. Examples include some cosplay events and other stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 06/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    little cocksucking chinese bitch/






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