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Heat the summer of 2018 resulted in record Badeverboten

The heat of the summer of 2018, has led to a record number of Badeverboten because of blue-green algae blooms. In the past year, the countries reported 47 the prohibition of Bathing, due to increased volume of blue-green algae blooms – 2017, there were only 18 such bans, such as the “Tagesspiegel” (Monday edition) reported, citing the Federal government’s answer to a request of the Greens. From 2011 to 2016, and were reported accordingly in each case never more than 15 Bathing.

Blue bacteria are algae with no nucleus. Their color may appear depending on the type of vary, often they are not blue, but green. A few of the mostly harmless cyanobacteria toxins, which can irritate the skin and mucous membranes of the bathers form. The ingestion of water complaints such as Nausea, vomiting threaten also, diarrhea, fever, but also diseases of the respiratory system.

With plenty of sunshine and continued very warm temperatures, the bacteria can suddenly and mass multiply. The Green-nature protection expert, Steffi Lemke analysed the development in 2018 as evidence that the climate crisis affects all areas of life. “Instead of cool refreshing summers as 2018 in the future, the prohibition of Bathing, face in the Heat,” said Lemke, the “daily mirror”. Blue-green algae and other bacteria benefited from the extreme weather events and the nutrient-loaded waters.

Cyanobacteria are a risk to the environment if large amounts of agricultural waste products to land in the waters and this überdüngen. Lemke criticized in this context, the Federal government. These legends “for years, the hands in the lap, when it comes to effective action against the Vergüllung in agriculture and our lakes”. Minister of agriculture, Julia Klöckner (CDU), block “continues to be a fertilizer Ordinance, which complies with EU law and our waters and the groundwater protects”.