Tag: Coral reefs

'Super-Corals' From Hawaii Could Be The Secret To Saving World's Reefs

Heat-tolerant super-corals might be the key to saving coral reefs from around the world from climate change. Researchers found species of coral reefs that can be transplanted while maintaining its ability to withstand heat stress.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2019

Scientists Solve Mystery Of 'Halos' Around Coral Reefs

From a bird's eye view, coral reefs showcase a strange phenomenon: rings of bald sand surrounding them dubbed as "reef halos." In two new papers, scientists shed light on the mystery.

Earth/Environment April 26, 2019

Corals Recover After Bleaching Thanks To Soft Tissue

How do coral reefs survive and recover after bleaching events? Researchers in Hawaii sought to find out how coral reefs recover after bleaching and found that it's all thanks to a soft tissue.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2019

Italy's First Coral Reef Discovered In The Adriatic Sea

A rare coral reef ecosystem was found beneath the coast of Puglia, Italy. The Mediterranean mesophotic coral reef thrives in low levels of light and produces corals with subtle colors.

Earth/Environment March 12, 2019

Rat Infestation In Oceanic Islands Deprives Coral Reefs Of Nutrients From Bird Poop

Birds in rat-free islands in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean average 1,243 per hectare. The ratio is just two in rat-infested islands. Here's how the decimation of seabirds by rodents affects the health of nearby coral reefs.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

Hawaii First State To Ban Sunscreens With Coral Reef-Harming Ingredients

Some groups praise Hawaii's move to ban sunscreens with coral reef-harming chemicals while others criticize it. There are still other ways to protect the skin from UV rays even without such products.

Earth/Environment July 7, 2018

‘Oases’ Of 38 Coral Reefs Repel Impacts Of Climate Change

An international team of scientists discovered what they called as an “oases” of coral reefs. Specifically, the team found 38 communities of corals that are resilient to damaging impacts of climate change.

Earth/Environment June 19, 2018

Loss Of Coral Reefs May Cause Extreme Flooding: Here's How To Save The World's Natural Breakwaters

Coral reefs can help save the world from the devastating effects of ocean storms but managing them is still a big challenge for most countries. Here's the best way to protect the world's natural breakwaters.

Earth/Environment June 13, 2018

Flood Damage From Storms Could Double Without Coral Reefs

Coral reefs act as natural breakwaters that can reduce flooding from storms. Damages from flooding could rise by $4 billion without coral reefs. Which countries can gain the most from proper reef management?

Earth/Environment June 13, 2018

Coral IVF May Save Great Barrier Reef From Dying: Here's How It Works

In-vitro fertilization for coral has shown promise in small scale tests as a way to help save the Great Barrier Reef. Scientists are now looking to implement coral IVF on a larger scale.

Earth/Environment June 9, 2018

Great Barrier Reef Has Died 5 Times But May Not Survive A Sixth Death

A study found that the Great Barrier Reef previously died for five times but was resilient enough to resurrect itself. With its current form, however, the reef may be incapable of doing the same if it encounters another death.

Earth/Environment May 29, 2018

Sekisei Lagoon: Only 1 Percent Of Japan's Biggest Coral Reef Is Healthy Because Of Climate Change

Bleaching events linked to warmer water temperatures killed corals at Sekisei Lagoon, Japan's largest coral reef. Only 1.4 percent of the lagoon is now in healthy condition.

Earth/Environment May 23, 2018

A Mysterious New Disease Is Destroying Florida's 360-Mile-Long Coral Reef

The 360-mile-long coral reef in Florida is in danger due to an unknown disease that is killing it. Scientists are researching on the corals to develop a cure for the disease.

Earth/Environment May 15, 2018

Hawaii Potentially Banning 70 Percent Of Sunscreen Brands Available In The Market

Hawaii's decision to ban sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate could potentially prohibit 70 percent of known sunscreen products on the market. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association believed that this move impacts the efforts made to prevent skin cancer.

Public Health May 11, 2018

Hawaii Bans Sunscreen Chemicals Harmful To Corals: What To Know About Safe Sun Protection

Hawaii cracks down on sunscreen chemicals that are harmful to coral reef and marine life. Fortunately, there are other alternatives that can protect the skin from harsh sun exposure.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 5, 2018

Hawaii Bill To Ban Sunscreens That Kill Coral Reefs: What Are Oxybenzone And Octinoxate?

Hawaii could become the first U.S. state to ban sunscreens that use oxybenzone and octinoxate. What are these chemicals, and how do they harm coral reefs and human health?

Earth/Environment May 3, 2018

Hawaii Lawmakers Ban Sunscreen That Contain Chemicals Harmful To Coral Reefs

Hawaii residents and tourists might need to read their sunscreen labels carefully. Lawmakers hope to pass a ban on sunscreens that contain harmful chemicals that could be toxic to the environment.

Earth/Environment May 2, 2018

Global Warming May Have Transformed Coral Reefs - But New Research Says Some Remained Resilient

A new study revealed that although the heat wave has killed plenty of the staghorn coral reefs, some managed to live through the warmer temperatures. This is because they can migrate and send out larvae to less warm spots.

Earth/Environment April 20, 2018

Another Reason To Save The Coral Reefs: They Protect The Coast From Cyclones

Coral reefs naturally protect coastlines and beaches from the wrath of tropical cyclones, according to researchers. Coral reefs cause potentially damaging waves to break offshore, giving us another reason to find a way to save them from destruction.

Earth/Environment April 3, 2018

Scientists Use Sun Shield To Protect The Great Barrier Reef From Impending Demise

Marine scientists believed they may have found a way to delay the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef system on the planet. Sun shields will be deployed on the surface of seawater to block harmful UV rays.

Earth/Environment March 28, 2018

Underwater Twilight Zone Rariphotic Has So Many Undiscovered, Unique Fish Species

A new zone in the ocean called raripothic was discovered to have thousands of still undiscovered fish species. This rare and hidden part of the ocean is regarded as a twilight zone because of its vibrant ecosystem.

Animals March 22, 2018

Laboratory-Bred 'Super Corals' May Help Repopulate Disappearing Great Barrier Reef

Ocean acidification and massive coral bleaching is destroying a part of Australia's Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs worldwide. Scientists are racing against time to save the dying reefs through the breeding of super corals.

Earth/Environment March 17, 2018

Ocean Acidification Is Tearing Down Carbonate Sands On Coral Reefs

A new study claims that carbonate sands, which are crucial in building coral reefs, are in danger of dissolving because of ocean acidification. Carbon emissions are the culprit, it seems.

Earth/Environment February 24, 2018

Plastic Pollution Makes Corals More Susceptible To Diseases

A new study revealed that plastic waste in the oceans harms the health of coral reefs. These aquatic habitats are already in danger because of climate change.

Earth/Environment January 27, 2018

NOAA Study Reveals Why Coral Reefs Are Dying

Coral reefs are starving at a faster rate than in the 1980s, with 70 percent of the world's reefs severely bleached. What could have caused such ecologic catastrophe?

Earth/Environment January 5, 2018

Baby Corals Can Stimulate Coral Growth In The Great Barrier Reef

Researchers found a new way to stimulate corals into forming and growing in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. The new technique is called 'larval reseeding' and researchers said it is less expensive and more effective than other reef restoration techniques.

Earth/Environment November 28, 2017

Corals Are Eating Plastic Because They’re Delicious, Study Says

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

Great Barrier Reef Avoids UNESCO's 'In Danger' Status: Is This A Good Thing?

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

NOAA Says 3-Year Global Coral Bleaching Event Is Ending, But It's Too Early To Celebrate

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

Is The Great Barrier Reef Dead? Experts Warn It Can No Longer Be Saved In Its Current Form

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

Dead Zones May Pose Further Threat To World’s Coral Reefs

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 Needed To Save Great Barrier Reef From Coral Bleaching

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

Cruise Ship Destroys Indonesian Coral Reef: How Sea Vessels Damage Marine Life And Ecosystems

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

UK Cruise Ship Crashes Into Coral Reefs Off Indonesia, Recovery Of Marine Life Expected To Take Decades

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

Ingenious Solution To Coral Bleaching Crisis: 3D-Printed Reefs Could Repopulate The Ocean

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

How 50 Reefs Project Plans To Stop Decline Of World's Coral Reefs

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

Deep Reefs Cannot Help Restore Destroyed Shallow Reefs

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

Fingernail-Sized Baby Cardinal Fish Find Their Way Home At Night Thanks To Internal Magnetic Compasses

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

New Coral Reef Fish Species Found Only In Hawaii’s Papahanaumokuakea Named After President Obama

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 Launches Airborne Mission For Great Barrier Reef Study

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

Secret 'Doughnut' Reef Structures Behind Great Barrier Reef Are Like Tree Rings

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

Fish Urine Crucial To Health And Growth Of Coral Reefs

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

War And Peace Underwater: Coral Kiss And Wage War

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

Marine Scientists Discover 15 'Bright Spots' In Threatened Coral Reefs

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's New Coral Research Program Will Take Place From 23,000 Feet Above

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

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