Breakthrough as New Caledonia elections to protect coral reef

The Pacific Island is home to one of the worlds most pristine coral reefs, boasting more than 9,300 marine species New Caledonia has agreed to tougher protections around a huge swathe of some of the world’s last near-pristine coral reefs, in a move conservationists hailed as a major breakthrough. The Pacific nation, a French overseas […]

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Light Pollution Disrupts Coral Reproduction

Were losing our coral reefs. Global warming, fishing, acidification, dumping waste, and reckless tourism all have detrimental impacts on coral and the ecosystems in which they live. Unfortunately, this list of stressors does not seem to end there, though. According to new research, light pollution can disrupt their moonlight-sensing systems, preventing them from spawning. We […]

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Warm seas threaten Great Barrier Reef treasure

( CNN) Rising sea temperatures have led to mass coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists say. A 100 -strong team from the ARC Centre of Excellence for coral Reef Survey, at James Cook University in Queensland, has been mapping the area for months employing aerial and underwater surveys. JUST WATCHED How will […]

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‘Coral bleaching is getting worse … but the biggest problem is pollution’

Conservationists are battling to save the 700 -mile Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean suffering the effects of mass tourism and global warming The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the largest hurdle reef in the western hemisphere- an underwater wilderness stretching over 700 miles along the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. One of the […]

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The Great Barrier Reef: a catastrophe laid bare

Australias natural wonder is in mortal threat. Bleaching caused by climate change has killed almost a quarter of its coral this year and many scientists believe it could be too late for the remainder. Use exclusive photographs and new data, a Guardian special report investigates how the reef has been devastated and what can be […]

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Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

Last year was bad enough, this is a disaster, says one expert as Australia Research Council determines fresh injury across 8,000 km Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australias Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 […]

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One of world’s largest marine parks created off coast of Easter Island

Rapa Nui protection area, about same sizing as Chilean mainland, will protect up to 142 species, including 27 threatened with extinction One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island. The 740,000 sq km Rapa Nuimarine park is approximately the size of the Chilean mainland and will […]

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Global Coral Bleaching Event Declared

For only the third time on record, scientists have declared a global coral bleaching event. TheNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warns that we could be witnessing one of the largest ever coral die-offs, as ocean temperatures continue to warm and the weather system El Nio persists. While coral can recover from mild bleaching, serious or […]

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Scientists caution US coral reefs are on course to disappear within decades

New Noaa research shows that strict conservation measures in Hawaii have not spared corals from a warming ocean in one of its most prized bays Some of Americas most protected corals have been blighted by bleaching, with scientists warns that US reefs are on course to largely disappear within simply a few decades because of […]

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Stress response in corals could give some a fighting chance

Lupita Ruiz-Jones takes a sample from the corals near Ofu Island, American Samoa .Image: Zack gold/ stanford University Marine scientists have made an early but arousing discovery about how some corals respond to stress. Certain species of corals can activate a situated of ancient, defensive genes when exposed to high water temperatures, ocean acidity or […]

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