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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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