Back from the verge: the global effort to save coral from climate change

Underwater nurseries encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems As an ocean early warning system, coral reefs have been sounding the alarm for years. They have been bleached white by marine heatwaves and killed off en masse by a combination of factors including pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate […]

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‘Lobsters and octopuses are back’: the Kenyan females leading a reef resurgence

A coral reef restoration project on a tiny island off Kenyas south-east coast is reaping dividends for local people Three years ago, coral reef along the Kenyan coastline was almost totally destroyed in some areas. Rising surface sea temperatures had triggered devastating bleaching episodes for the fourth time in less than two decades, and with […]

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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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