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by News Service – May 16, 2011 20:03 EST

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nitrogen pollution in our coastal ecosystems, the result of widespread use of synthetic agricultural fertilizers and of human sewage, leads to decreased water transparency, the loss of desirable fish species, and the emergence of toxic phytoplankton species—such as the algae behind the renowned “red tides” that kill fish. The effects are particularly pronounced in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Read the full article