Australia’s heavily bleached world heritage site is not ‘In Danger’ but is the status really a big win? Here are the pros and cons of UNESCO’s decision.
Earth/Environment July 9, 2017
UNESCO has voted leaving the Great Barrier Reef off its 'in danger' list despite its recent destruction from mass coral bleaching. Who wins and loses in this decision on the embattled world heritage site?
Earth/Environment July 6, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef is valued at a huge AU $56 billion (or US $42 billion). Read more findings from the report from Deloitte Access Economics about Great Barrier Reef and Australian economy links.
Earth/Environment June 26, 2017
A massive bleaching event that damaged coral reefs across the globe now appears to be easing after three deadly years, NOAA revealed. However, an expert warns it's still too early to celebrate.
Earth/Environment June 19, 2017
UNESCO urged the Australian government to beef up efforts save the Great Barrier Reef from complete damage. The reef's coral underwent several mass bleaching events and are in danger of becoming extinct.
Earth/Environment June 4, 2017
Experts have said that the Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved in its present form because of the extent of climate change. What are the recommendations for the World Heritage Site?
Earth/Environment May 30, 2017
The Australian government has announced $18 million in funding to protect the Great Barrier Reef, particularly its water quality management. But it won't be enough in the face of major coral bleaching and climate change, according to an expert.
Earth/Environment April 14, 2017
Corals in the Great Barrier Reef are in danger as scientists reported massive bleaching taking place in the region. This is the second consecutive year of bleaching after 500 miles of the reef was affected in 2016.
Earth/Environment April 11, 2017
Cooler ocean is needed to save Australia's Great Barrier Reef from coral bleaching, says a new study. Other measures to protect the coral reefs can only do so much, but ultimately, the need is even more urgent for a global action to address global warming.
Earth/Environment March 17, 2017
Banning fishing and reducing pollution did not prevent severe coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef. What could happen when more sections of Australia's reef experience massive coral die-offs?
Space March 16, 2017
The rate of ocean warming worldwide has nearly doubled since 1994 and is greater than early estimates, findings of a new study revealed. Why does rising water temperatures matter?
Earth/Environment March 14, 2017
As conservationists struggle to save endangered reefs worldwide, 3D-printed corals seem to offer a viable solution for the protection of marine ecosystems. This technology enables scientists to engineer perfect replicas of natural reefs, providing homes for new coral polyps.
Earth/Environment March 13, 2017
While still recovering from the worst coral bleaching event ever in 2016, the Great Barrier Reef is likely facing another impending threat. It could undergo another widespread bleaching this year, according to the reef authority.
Earth/Environment February 27, 2017
Coral bleaching continues to damage recovering coral reefs around the globe. Experts say the Paris Agreement may not quite be enough to solve the problem.
Earth/Environment February 25, 2017
The impact of global warming on ocean temperature has started taking the toll on coral reefs. According to reports, 70 percent of Japan’s biggest coral reef, the Sekisei lagoon in Okinawa, has died from coral bleaching.
Earth/Environment January 16, 2017
Rapidly rising seas resulting from melting glaciers as well as polar ice sheet nearly wiped out the Great Barrier Reef some 125,000 years earlier, according to University of Sydney researchers.
Earth/Environment January 9, 2017
A UN-sponsored study has warned that coral bleaching will become an annual affair because of rising heat in ocean waters by mid-century. This is despite Paris climate accords on emission reduction exceeding the targets.
Earth/Environment January 7, 2017
One of the world’s most beautiful wonders is fighting for its life as new research suggests damage this year alone. The culprit is savage, but there is still hope.
Earth/Environment December 31, 2016
The Great Barrier Reef is dying but it is not yet dead. Scientists expressed concern over reports claiming Australia's famed coral reef system is already dead.
Earth/Environment October 16, 2016
NASA has teamed up with Australian researchers to study the Great Barrier Reef. The agency’s PRISM instrument has arrived in the country and is now ready for use.
Earth/Environment September 14, 2016
Scientists in Australia have photographed a species of coral eject the algae inhabiting its body following an increase in water temperatures. The time-lapse video shows the organism inflate its body to an immense size just before it expels the algae.
Earth/Environment August 18, 2016
NOAA scientists warn that the ongoing global coral bleaching episode could continue all through 2016 and even into the following year. Current forecasts show that the event is not showing any signs of letting up any time soon.
Earth/Environment June 21, 2016
Researchers have identified 'bright spots' in the world's oceans where coral reefs are not dying out as quickly as what was initially thought. They believe that this could be the result of better fishery management conducted by local communities.
Earth/Environment June 20, 2016
More than a third of corals in the Central and Northern Great Barrier Reef may already be dead due to coral bleaching. The reason for this is most probably global warming, experts said.
Earth/Environment May 30, 2016
Thailand has shut down 10 diving sites in its marine parks because of the widespread coral bleaching crisis. An official says tourists and divers are unaware of their effect on coral reefs.
Earth/Environment May 29, 2016
Deeper waters may better help coral reefs deal with bleaching, according to a new U.N. report. Researchers have found that mesophotic coral ecosystems situated deep under the water may serve as a lifeboat for marine species.
Earth/Environment May 26, 2016
Coal dust from shipping activities poses new dangers to coral reef systems, fish and seagrass. High exposure to coal dust can kill corals in two weeks while those exposed to lower levels survived longer, but died after a month.
Earth/Environment May 18, 2016
Marine experts warn that the continued bleaching and death of coral reef systems is causing significant changes in the ecosystems of the world's oceans. Reef fish are now finding it difficult to detect predators because of the death of corals.
Earth/Environment May 12, 2016
Coral bleaching is killing off vast populations in reefs around the world. What is the cost we pay for global warming?
Earth/Environment May 11, 2016
A 600-mile-long coral reef has been found thriving with marine organisms at the mouth of the Amazon River, going unnoticed until now. However, the site has been marked for oil explorations, thus endangering the newly found coral reef's ecosystem.
Earth/Environment April 24, 2016
For the first time, researchers showed that some survivors of coral bleaching can obtain and host new kinds of microalgae from their environment, making them more heat-tolerant and better armed for recovery.
Earth/Environment April 22, 2016
A comprehensive survey showed that 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is affected by coral bleaching. Its northern portion is the most affected, with 81 percent of its 522 reefs severely bleached.
Earth/Environment April 21, 2016
A new study on the Great Barrier Reef corals revealed something startling. An increase of 0.5 degrees Celsius of present water temperatures may lead to the corals' death.
Earth/Environment April 17, 2016
Environmentalists hit the Queensland government for granting a mining license to an India-based company to dig the country's largest coal mine. The mega coal mining project is feared to worsen the damage on the Great Barrier Reef, currently suffering its worst coral bleaching event yet.
Earth/Environment April 10, 2016
The recent mass coral bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef could jeopardize its world heritage status, warned scientists and conservationists. UNESCO will likely watch the disaster unfold with great alarm as it is pinned on El Niño and climate change.
Earth/Environment March 31, 2016
About 95 percent of the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing coral bleaching. Coral bleaching may be caused by climate change and effects of El Niño.
Earth/Environment March 29, 2016
Scientists say that a third global coral bleaching event is happening. A report from NOAA scientists includes a devastating forecast for the world's coral reefs.
Earth/Environment February 24, 2016
Scientists have discovered a potential link between the occurrence of widespread coral bleaching in the Great Barrier Reef and an explosion of viruses in the area. One of the viral cultures the team detected resembled the herpes virus.
Earth/Environment February 13, 2016
Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources will release a comprehensive coral reef management plan to ensure reef recovery after two consecutive years of coral bleaching. The action was prompted by a request to stop the taking of herbivore fish in the area.
Earth/Environment November 17, 2015
Using selective breeding, American researchers began their experiment with “super corals," which are aimed to withstand future ocean conditions and climate change. Target corals will be those strong and resilient enough to pass desirable traits on to succeeding generations.
Earth/Environment November 11, 2015
While sunscreen may be good for you - no one wants skin cancer - it is having a serious impact on the health of the globe's coral reef systems, researchers say. A chemical common in many sunscreens, oxybenzone, is the culprit, they say.
Earth/Environment October 21, 2015
Recent record water temperatures have caused the third coral bleaching event known to have hit the Earth’s oceans. Several scientists have suggested ways to understand and prevent the phenomenon.
Earth/Environment October 9, 2015
The world is experiencing a widespread coral bleaching event, the third in recorded history. Scientists warned this could be the worst coral bleaching event.
Earth/Environment October 8, 2015
Experts warn that continuously rising ocean temperatures may eventually lead to a coral bleaching event close to the last recorded incident that led to mass bleaching. The economy of Hawaii, which depends on tourism, may decline if coral bleaching worsens. Officials ask that sightings be reported.
Earth/Environment September 14, 2015
Coral reefs need help and researchers are pitching in by capturing 360-degree images of Hawaiian reefs to facilitate studies to help address coral bleaching.
Earth/Environment August 20, 2015