Toxic Seaweed Closes French Beaches

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PARIS, Aug. 12 (UPI) — Beaches in France have been closed amid worries that toxic seaweed, blamed in the deaths of dozens of wild boar, could be a danger to people, authorities said.

The problem occurs when runoff of excess fertilizer reaches the ocean, triggering the rapid growth of seaweed that then washes up on shore and releases toxic gases as it rots, Radio France Internationale reported Wednesday.

Beaches on the coast of Brittany have been ordered closed by Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet.

Farming practices were largely to blame for the excess fertilizer, she said, and a balance must be found between the demands of farming and the demands of tourism.

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