Dead Zone Overkill
The Gulf of Mexico dead zone is set to bust all its own records. Forecasts suggest this super-duper-unproductive ocean zone will reach 8,800 square miles this summer. That's the size of New Jersey.
Last year it reached 7,903 square miles. The earlier record was 8,481 square miles in 2002.
Notice a trend?
Notice the Bizarre-New-Age-of-Abysmal-Record-Everythings we've entered?
For those of you who've been asleep during the Bush-van-Winkle years, here's the primer. A dead zone forms when fertilizers wash from farms via rivers to fertilize the sea.
So this year's climate-change-induced record floods on the Mississippi River do a lot more damage than to Midwestern croplands.
That's because the ocean doesn't like a lot of fertilizer. It makes too many plants grow. Those plants die and feed too many decomposers who use up all the oxygen in the water. Everything suffocates.