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Coral reef bleaching is stark evidence of the damage being inflicted by global climate change on marine ecosystems, but a research team led by scientists at the University of California, Irvine has found some cause for hope. While many corals are dying, others are showing resilience to increased ...
Organized over a period of almost three years, the Tara Pacific expedition has made it possible to study some of the most isolated coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean. Indeed, given their isolation, many of these reefs remain scantly documented. This is the case of the Samoan Islands in Polynesia. The ...

St Kitts has launched an important new program to study the state of coral reefs. The St Kitts Department of Environment, in collaboration with the Department of Marine Resources, has installed a coral reef Early Warning Systems at the island's Paradise Reef. The initiative aims to better understand what ...
For coral reefs around the world, time is running out. That bad news for reefs is also bad news for the rest of the ocean and for humanity, since we depend on the planet's seas. One-third of the 3,863 reefs that make up the Great Barrier Reef -- the largest, most extensive reef system in the world -- ...
New study says mankind has permanently messed up the ocean's coral reefs ... If the ocean's coral reefs have one arch enemy, it's definitely humans. ... Now, scientists studying the devastation of the largest coral reef system on the planet are delivering the worst possible news: we've permanently things up.
Scientists aboard a Greenpeace ship have discovered a massive and unique coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon, in an area where the French company Total intends to drill for oil. The 1,000km long and 56,000 sq km Amazon coral reef is a biome thought to contain dozens of undiscovered ...

In his book Coral Reefs of The World, Charles Darwin called Belize home to "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies." As we head further out, ..... "When Coral Reef countries come together, Belize is always seen as a leader," said Melanie McField, the founder and director of HRI. Oceana scientist ...
Like other coral reefs around the world, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is facing big threats from climate change -- such as warmer and more acidic seawater and increased ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Last year experts said large sections of the reef were essentially dead, bleached into oblivion. coral reef
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. coral reef
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. coral reef
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 piloted ... coral reef
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 of ... coral reef
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 by ... coral reef
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 highly ... 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 increasingly ... coral reef
... 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 determined ... coral reef
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 ... coral reef

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, ... coral reef
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 ... coral reef
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 ... coral reef
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 ... coral reef
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 reef
“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
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. coral reef
A mysterious disease hammering Florida's dwindling reefs was found for the first time this week in the Lower Keys, alarming scientists who have used epoxy Band-Aids, amputated sick coral and even set up underwater "fire breaks" in a four-year battle to contain the outbreak. Mote Marine ...
We're currently facing the worst bleaching of coral reefs ever known in history, but what would happen if all the coral reefs died off? We've already lost ... In fact, some estimates predict we are 300 to 400 times more likely to find new drugs from coral reef ecosystems than land-based ones. But that's only ...
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 has ...
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 ...


 

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