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
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
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
Hypoxia in oceans, or low oxygen levels, can create large dead zones that snuff out marine life and threaten coral reefs worldwide. Learn how dead zones affect coral reefs worldwide, even in tropical regions.
Earth/Environment March 22, 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
A UK cruise ship's destruction of pristine coral reefs on Raja Ampat in Indonesia calls for action that goes beyond compensation. It reminds of the need to develop ways to prevent massive destruction of coral reefs by similar incidents in the future.
Earth/Environment March 15, 2017
The MS Caledonian Sky damaged 17,222 square feet of coral reefs in Raja Ampat in Indonesia last March 4 as it ran across them at low tide. The affected reefs are estimated to recover in a matter of decades.
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
A new global initiative called 50 Reefs Project has been announced at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. The project aims at protecting world’s coral reefs from extinction, which are expected to mostly disappear by 2050.
Earth/Environment February 24, 2017
Scientists have long wondered whether deep coral reefs could become sources of new larvae to restore damaged shallow reefs. Now, a new study in Queensland has found that deep reefs cannot ultimately recover destroyed shallow reefs.
Earth/Environment February 16, 2017
Scientists have found the answer to the puzzle as to how the larvae of tiny Cardinalfish in marine coral reefs swim back to native reefs even at night. The larvae are internally enabled by a compass-like mechanism, according to a new study.
Earth/Environment December 30, 2016
A new species of coral reef fish has been named after President Barack Obama. The naming of the Tosanoides obama acknowledges Obama’s initiatives in the preservation of the natural environment.
Animals December 23, 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 were in for a surprise when they discovered another massive reef just behind the Great Barrier Reef. Known as the 'doughnut' reef, the reef system has structures that are just like tree rings, experts say.
Earth/Environment September 4, 2016
Many fish species benefit from the protection and shelter that coral reefs provide. In return, they give back to the ecosystem by offering their urine that provides vital nutrients for coral reefs to grow.
Earth/Environment August 16, 2016
Coral has been examined under a microscope in the wild for the first time. What did researchers find when they looked at coral polyps up close?
Earth/Environment July 13, 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
NASA has launched a novel scientific program that aims to take coral reef study on a whole new level. The project aims to save the world's coral reef ecosystem.
Earth/Environment June 10, 2016
To keep its diving tourism afloat, Turkey has sunk a massive Airbus jet off the coast of the Aegean Sea on June 4. The Airbus is now an artificial reef for marine life.
Earth/Environment June 7, 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
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
Scientists have signified that coral reefs have an immunologic molecule which protects them from damage. The specific molecule has a similar function as those found in humans.
Earth/Environment April 27, 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
Staghorn corals are essential to the formation of reefs around the globe. However, that species is now facing severe damage from human activities, a new report has determined.
Earth/Environment April 24, 2016
The mouth of the Amazon River is home to a massive coral reef, previously unknown to researchers. How did this massive network of coral stay hidden from people for so long?
Earth/Environment April 23, 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
Introducing air bubbles to water may help protect coral reefs, a new study has found. Researchers found that bubbling may boost the transfer of carbon dioxide between the water and the atmosphere.
Earth/Environment March 27, 2016
Reef sharks may be big in size, but they prefer having bite-sized meals, a new study has found. Scientists opened the stomach of one shark and found that the species are not the apex predators experts previously believed they were.
Earth/Environment February 23, 2016
Marine conservationist Paul Allen's yacht, Tatoosh, slammed into and destroyed a coral reef in Cayman Islands. The incident caused destruction of about 80 percent of the reef in the protected area.
Earth/Environment January 29, 2016
NASA plans to undertake a three-year field expedition surveying world's coral reefs to see how the changing environment affects them. Through the CORAL Mission, coral reefs will be documented on a massive and uniform scale for the first time.
Earth/Environment January 11, 2016
Researchers found the devastating effects of blast fishing in Tanzania. Despite being outlawed in the 1970s, increased mining activity made access to dynamites easier, which results in prolific blast fishing killing more than just coral reefs.
Earth/Environment January 5, 2016
New research shows the fatter the coral, the more it can withstand bleaching events. Scientists have determined fat deposits help coral survive better over the long term.
Earth/Environment November 19, 2015
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
Is beauty measurable? Scientists found that the health of reef ecosystems can be measured by their aesthetic quality or how beautiful they look.
Earth/Environment November 11, 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
Scientists are testing the theory of assisted evolution on corals found in Hawaii. They propose that by exposing these corals to stressful water mimicing the acidity and temperature of water affected by climate change, they could produce a breed that could withstand the effects of these markers and prevent bleaching.
Earth/Environment November 6, 2015
Many people are unaware that the sunscreen they slather on before snorkeling contributes to the destruction of corals and reefs they can't wait to see underwater. Researchers found that a small dollop of sunscreen is enough to launch an attack on marine life.
Animals October 22, 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
Researchers have discovered the fossil record of the earliest North American coral species that reappeared after the mass extinction event of the Triassic-Jurassic ages. The discovery was made in central Nevada's high desert.
Animals October 7, 2015
Marine experts in Australia have started their exploration of the newly discovered coral reef system in the Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.
Earth/Environment August 31, 2015
Warm ocean waters threaten many of the world's coral reefs, scientists say. That includes some in U.S. waters in Hawaii and Florida, they report.
July 7, 2015