A Red Tide Threatens Olympics

There is poetic irony in this story… red tides are typically are naturally occurring but are commonly linked to nutrient loading (aka pollution) from human activities.

With less than six weeks before it plays host to the Olympic sailing regatta, the city of Qingdao has mobilized thousands of people and an armada of small boats to clean up an algae bloom that is choking large stretches of the coastline and threatening to impede the Olympic competition.

[From Olympic nightmare: A red tide in Yellow Sea – International Herald Tribune]