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Achieving fish biomass targets: The key to securing a sustainable future for coral reefs

Scientists from WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society), University of Queensland, James Cook University, and Macquarie University have completed a massive study that will help communities and countries of the Western Indian Ocean measure and restore fish populations while identifying the best policies for achieving global sustainable and conservation targets. read more

'Green News Report' - May 5, 2016

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Massive wildfire forces evacuations in Canada's tar sands oil country; FL's coral reefs are dissolving; 'Widespread and persistent' fracking contamination in ND;...Show More Summary

Coral reefs are straight-up dissolving now

A new study found 6 million tons of limestone have disappeared from Florida's reefs.

Comparative analysis reveals use patterns of deeper Caribbean coral reefs by shark species

Three species of shark, tiger, lemon and Caribbean reef, all use deeper coral reefs in the Virgin Islands, but only lemon shark presence was associated with seasonal grouper spawning aggregations, according to a new study.

The Shallow Back Reef Environment of Ofu, American Samoa

Craig D. Idso Writing as background for their work, the six-member research team of Koweek et al. (2015) cite several concerns about the future of Earth’s corals that have been projected to result from the so-called twin evils of global...Show More Summary

ASU scientists discover how one microorganism erodes coral reefs

Coral reefs and hard-shelled sea creatures such as oysters and mussels are constantly being threatened, not only by the detrimental effects of stressors such as climate change and habitat loss, but also by microorganisms. Researchers...Show More Summary

How one microorganism erodes coral reefs

Researchers have discovered how a particular type of cyanobacteria, a photosynthetic microbe, is able to bore into and live within solid carbonates, the main mineral that makes up coral skeletons and seashells -- hastening their erosion and causing trouble for shellfish farmers.

Acidic oceans are dissolving Florida’s coral reefs

yesterdayNews : The Raw Story

The fact that an increase in ocean acidification is leading to widespread coral bleaching is already well known, and scientists have, in recent weeks, documented widespread destruction of corals in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Now, a new study, published Monday in the journal Global...

The First Coral Reefs Are Starting to Permanently Dissolve

2 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

As if the oceans needed more terrible news , scientists have learned that the coral reefs surrounding the Florida Keys are dissolving. The culprit—ocean acidification—wasn’t expected to start hitting reefs hard for another three decades. Read more...

$171 Million To Save The Great Barrier Reef In Today's Budget

Almost $2 billion in the next decade will be spent by Australia’s government to hopefully save the Great Barrier Reef, including $171 million in funding this year to destroy invasive species and address coral bleaching. More »      

Ocean acidification may be impacting coral reefs in the Florida keys

Researchers found that the limestone that forms the foundation of coral reefs along the Florida Reef Tract is dissolving during the fall and winter months on many reefs in the Florida Keys. The research showed that the upper Florida Keys were the most impacted by the annual loss of reef.

Corals: Drained of Color, Drained of Life

Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the cartoon-like colors: orange clownfish, blue tangs and green sea turtles set against corals that were purple, bright yellow, rusty red and aqua-blue. It was like swimming into a Dr. Show More Summary

Dredging of Miami Port Badly Damaged Coral Reef, Study Finds

4 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

The report found that as much as 81 percent of the reef near the dredging site was buried in sediment, despite a plan to minimize the damage.

Large parts of Great Barrier Reef ‘dead in 20 years’

6 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Large parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday. The World Heritage-listed reef is currently suffering its worst bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of corals affected due to warming...

Just How Screwed Are We When It Comes To Coral Bleaching?

The science behind the bad news of global reefs losing their luster

Protecting diversity on coral reefs: DNA may hold the key

Scientists have discovered that large areas of intact coral reef with extensive live coral cover, not disturbed by humans or climate change, harbor the greatest amount of genetic diversity. With this work, the researchers uncovered a link between species diversity of an ecosystem and the genetic diversity encoded within the DNA of those species.

A reef plan the Greens should applaud

Mick in the Hills has a useful suggestion: Another idea for that 50% of the Great Barrier Reef coral that’s…

Protecting diversity on coral reefs: DNA may hold the key

Coral reefs are widely known for their stunning array of color, shape and forms of life, making them a model for extreme biodiversity. Hidden within the multitude of reef inhabitants, but no less important, is their genetic diversity-- variability in DNA that gives species the capacity for adaptation, speciation and resilience in the face of stress. Show More Summary

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