Oceans continue to be polluted with factory-made plastic because of human neglect, causing great danger to marine life, such as corals. A new study suggests an even more problematic scenario in which corals think plastic is delicious.
Earth/Environment November 1, 2017
The Great Barrier Reef isn't the only one in danger. Seventy percent of the world's reefs have been affected by global warming and more could follow.
Earth/Environment May 31, 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 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
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
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
Corals record historical events such as the Opium Wars and World War II. The key is their absorption of toxic metals, such as mercury, that are leached into their surroundings.
Earth/Environment June 5, 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
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
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
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
Scientists have found a way to eliminate water pollution caused by mercury dumped by industrial processes. The ocean cleaning agents function the same way real corals do, absorbing mercury, but are not prone to dying because they are made of synthetic materials that mimic real corals’ features.
Earth/Environment July 26, 2015
Researchers discover glowing, colorful corals into the deep of the Red Sea.
Earth/Environment June 29, 2015
Marine experts from the United States and Australia have discovered a new method on how to mix and match corals from different latitudes of the world's oceans in order to make coral reef systems more tolerant to increasing water temperatures.
Earth/Environment June 29, 2015
Corals and algae thrive in a symbiotic relationship. With heat-tolerant algae being discovered, corals are likely imparted protection from the heat, allowing them to withstand rising water temperatures.
Earth/Environment March 4, 2015
Global warming could drive living corals on Australia's Great Barrier Reef to dangerously low levels, study suggests. Health of the reef, a World Heritage Site, of great concern with rising ocean temperatures, researchers say.
Earth/Environment January 23, 2015
Coral bleaching is nothing new but warmer waters this year is making it worse than it usually is. Should trade winds return sooner, Hawaii’s corals may be saved.
Earth/Environment October 7, 2014