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At the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Pacific, researchers found CM expanding and smothering otherwise pristine coral reefs in an area near a shipwreck. Starting in 2007, USGS scientists and partners surveyed the CM-infested coral reef before and after removal of the shipwreck.
Jennie Webber's illustrations are the big draw in The Coral Kingdom (Words and Pictures, £12.99, 4+) a picture-poem that celebrates "the coral reef, beautiful beyond belief". Written by Laura Knowles, the book explores the diversity of coral colonies and the cornucopia of life it shelters and sustains.

Over the years there have been several technologies developed to tackle the issue of coral reef destruction, like robots that repair coral reefs after being impacted by trawling, but this one is one of the few specifically addressing coral bleaching. The film needs to undergo more testing before it can be ...
Gulf of Mexico coral reef dodges bullet from Hurricane Harvey, scientists report. Updated March 29, 2018 at 7:49 PM ; Posted March 29, 2018 at ... "Coral reefs are extremely important as nursery areas for many species of fish," he said. "They are just an incredible ecological system and, I would say, one ... Mexico
Several dozen seamounts that lie in international tropical waters may support coral reef habitats, including twilight coral reefs, so called because they thrive in deep waters where little sunlight penetrates. Many of these open-ocean coral reefs have never been explored, and because they aren't protected ...
Groundwater that seeps into the coastal zone beneath the ocean's surface--termed submarine groundwater discharge (SGD)--is an important source of fresh water and nutrients to nearshore coral reefs throughout the globe. Although submarine groundwater is natural, it can act as a conduit for ... coral reef

How much is a coral reef worth? Factor in the tourism it rakes in, the fish that live there and nowhere else, the fishing industry it supports. How about a reef's ability to protect coasts from destructive, pounding waves -- how much do you figure that'll run you? A future without them is bleak, and ...
... of the coral reef was dead," says Lisa Wedding, research associate at the Center for Ocean Solutions at Stanford University and a lead author on a paper describing the research, which appears in PLOS ONE. "These are some of Hawaii's most vibrant coral reefs, so we were heartbroken--and ... Hawaii
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- While there are many reefs in the waters around the Diego Garcia Atoll just South of the equator in the central Indian Ocean, one particular reef serves a function like no other. Detachment 1, 21st Space Operations Squadron, call sign “REEF,” is responsible for ... Hawaii
Coral reefs don't just harbor unique ecosystems that take millennia to grow. ... "What we found was that if you lost the health of your coral reef, if it lost its structural integrity and its live coral cover, you could get waves that were larger than what were predicted due to high sea levels," said Daniel Harris, ... Hawaii
Lead author Bradley Eyre from Southern Cross University and co-authors found that sands, which provide material for building and maintaining coral reefs, will begin to dissolve due to increasing ocean acidity. In addition, their paper shows coral reef sediments dissolve at a rate that is ten times more ... Hawaii
Off the coast of Southeast Florida, a mysterious new disease is killing coral reefs, turning them white and leaving nothing but a skeleton behind. More than half of the state's 330-year-old Coral Reef Tract, which stretches across 175 miles in the Florida Keys, is infected with the disease. It's called “white ... Hawaii
Since the allotment of a P500-million budget for the rehabilitation of damaged coral reefs in 2016, DENR's Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim told the BusinessMirror last week in a telephone interview that new coral-reef areas were discovered which will add spice to ... Hawaii
If your mental image of coral reefs is one of lifeless rocky outcrops on the ocean floor, “Saving Atlantis” will correct that misconception. ... Oregon State University's first feature-length documentary tells the story of the rapid decline of coral reefs around the world through the eyes of the people who depend on ... Hawaii
“The dire situation is here now,” Dr Mark Eakin, coordinator of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch, told the committee at its first meeting last week. Proposals being suggested by scientists range from genetic modification of corals to geoengineering the ... Hawaii
As the world's oceans heat up with climate change, coral reefs are increasingly under threat. Bleaching events ... The UCLA study indicates that as the world continues warming with climate change, coral reefs are likely to grow more slowly. ... “They rely on that coral reef for fish every single day of the week. Hawaii

It's long been known that sharks help nourish coral reefs, but exactly how--or to what extent--has never really been mapped out. Until now. A study with grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos), a predatory species commonly associated with coral environments but whose wider ecological role ...
Researchers studied reef sands at Heron Island, Hawaii, Bermuda and Tetiaroa. In this photo, white areas show the predominance of sand on reefs. Credit: Southern Cross University. Carbonate sands on coral reefs will start dissolving within about 30 years, on average, as oceans become more acidic, ...
A team of Oregon State University filmmakers spent years documenting the coral reef crisis. Now they are bringing what they found to the big screen. "Saving Atlantis" is a feature-length documentary focusing on the dramatic decline of coral reef ecosystems around the world and the impact on people who ...
A team of Oregon State University filmmakers spent years documenting the coral reef crisis. Now they are bringing ... "When we started this project, the number that was thrown around by scientists and journalists was 40 percent of the earth's coral reefs have vanished in the last 50 years. And over the three ...
The International Year of the Reef is a campaign designed by The Ocean Agency, working with both UN Environment and the International Coral Reef Initiative. It aims to draw attention to the immediate crisis facing coral reefs; some accounts say one-fifth has died off, while other estimates put the figure ...
If your mental image of coral reefs is one of lifeless rocky outcrops on the ocean floor, “Saving Atlantis” will correct that misconception. ... Oregon State University's first feature-length documentary tells the story of the rapid decline of coral reefs around the world through the eyes of the people who depend on ...
Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Known as the "rainforests of the sea," they are home to more than a quarter of all marine species. Yet the beauty and vitality of the coral reef environments are threatened—and the reasons are numerous. Rising water temperatures due to ...
The study was part of an innovative coral reef restoration project called At the Water's Edge (AWE), a community-based initiative led by the Nature Conservancy to increase coastal resilience to climate change. The researchers field-tested a reef-based breakwater structure that represents one of the few ...
"The reefs suffered severe bleaching in those years, and each event caused major outbreaks of coral disease in 2015 and 2016," said Mark Eakin, coordinator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch Program. "Unfortunately, the diseases are appearing much faster than scientists can ...
I am very concerned about climate change and the losses we are experiencing, and will continue to experience, if we do not address this issue immediately. Our coral reefs are experiencing more bleaching events at a greater frequency. According to the U.S. National Ocean Service, when the oceans are ...
Dr. Rebecca Vega-Thurber surveys a coral reef on Mo'orea, French Polynesia (Courtesy of Justin Smith/OSU). Near the beginning of “Saving ... Researchers have documented coral reefs' alarming acceleration toward mortality, a pace now counted in years instead of decades. The underground cities are ...
“The dire situation is here now,” Dr Mark Eakin, coordinator of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef Watch, told the committee at its first meeting last week. Proposals being suggested by scientists range from genetic modification of corals to geoengineering the ...
Coral reef conservation plan goes to Scott .... The Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to create a coral-reef conservation area off the Southeast coast of Florida, sending the measure ... A House staff analysis said the bill could help in receiving grant funding for efforts to protect coral reefs.
WASHINGTON — Some of the nation's leading coral scientists stressed Thursday that the situation facing coral reefs is nothing short of desperate — and a ... At the committee's first meeting on Thursday, Mark Eakin, coordinator of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration's (NOAA) Coral Reef ...
CLEMSON – Clemson University is hosting a free showing of the Netflix documentary film “Chasing Coral,” which features divers, photographers and scientists seeking to unravel the mysteries of why coral reefs are in dramatic decline throughout the world. Coral reefs, which are considered one of the ...
... Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area, bordered to the south by Biscayne National Park, whose corals are already protected under federal law, and the St. Lucie Inlet to the north, beyond which the climate is too cold to support large reef systems. Defending South Florida's coral reefs ...
As the world's oceans heat up with climate change, coral reefs are increasingly under threat. Bleaching events ... The UCLA study indicates that as the world continues warming with climate change, coral reefs are likely to grow more slowly. ... “They rely on that coral reef for fish every single day of the week.
Broad scale datasets from these systems are required to understand how vulnerable ecosystems like coral reefs are changing, and to separate that information from natural variation. Often, however, scientists that collect coral reef monitoring data do so in isolation. They work on independent research ...
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that coral reefs provide an annual $30bn worth of goods and services. The conservation organisation estimates that about one billion people have some dependence on coral reefs for food and income from fishing. A well-managed square kilometre of coral reef can ...
Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the future of coral reefs after ocean warming, say scientists. “Plastic is one of the biggest threats in the ocean at the moment, I would say, apart from climate change,” said Dr Joleah Lamb of Cornell University in Ithaca, US. “It's sad how many pieces of plastic there are in ...
When coral reefs come in contact with plastic trash in the ocean, their risk of becoming diseased skyrockets, said an international study out Thursday. Researchers examined more than 120,000 corals on 159 reefs -- some polluted with plastic, others not -- from Indonesia, Australia, Myanmar and Thailand ...
As Stephanie Wear, The Nature Conservancy's director of coral reef conservation, told Nature, the color from coral actually comes from tiny algae that live symbiotically with it. “The first thing to understand is that corals get their brilliant colors from tiny algae that live in their tissues. These tiny organisms live ...
It's no secret that the world's coral reefs are in bad shape. Climate change has led to widespread coral bleaching, overfishing has disrupted the ecosystems that keep reefs healthy and toxic runoffs from human industry are destroying the so-called “rainforests of the sea.” Now, as Ed Yong reports for the ...
Plastic Pollution Is Likely Making Coral Reefs Sick. Researchers think there's over 11 billion plastic items in coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific alone. ShareTweetEmail · SMS ...
More than 11 billion pieces of plastic are stuck in coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific region, according to an alarming new study. The finding has raised concerns that the presence of so much plastic could considerably increase the risk of coral disease by blocking out light and depriving them of oxygen.
For coral reefs, the threat of climate change and bleaching are bad enough. An international research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash -- ubiquitous throughout the world's oceans -- intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril, according to a new study in the journal Science.
Why it matters: The estimated 11.1 billion plastic items lodged around the Asia-Pacific coral reefs boost the risk of coral contracting skeletal eroding band disease, white syndromes, and black band disease, they found. About 275 million people in the region rely on the reefs for food, tourism, marine ...
Plastic is one of the biggest threats to the future of coral reefs after ocean warming, say scientists. More than 11 billion items of plastic were found on a third of coral reefs surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region. This figure is predicted to increase to more than 15 billion by 2025. Plastic raises by 20-fold the risk of ...
At daybreak, 18 Stanford undergraduates participating in the Bing Overseas Studies Program seminar Ecology and Management of Coral Reefs of Palau load snorkel gear onto speedboats that take them through a network of channels to different coral reef sites between the country's 340 islands.
Fiji's very own Peter Thomson is happy that our coral reefs have recovered well after the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016. The United Nations Special Envoy for Oceans said during his recent visit to Nukubati Island in Macuata, Vanua Levu: “I am very pleased to see the ...
The study from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoralCoE) measured the bleaching rate at 100 globally distributed Coral Reefs from 1980 to 2016. The results pointed to a significant decline in the time frame between bleaching events, dropping to only six years. According to the lead ...
Forty years ago, the world's coral reefs faced a known risk: every 25 or 30 years, ocean temperatures would rise to intolerable levels. Corals would minimise the risk of death by everting the algae with which they lived in symbiotic partnership: that is, the reef animals would avoid death by getting rid of the ...
The struggle to save the world's coral reefs has reached a "make or break point," warns Erik Solheim, head of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Speaking after the launch of International Coral Reef Initiative's international year of the reef, Solheim cautioned that countries home to these ...


 

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