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Environment Break: Understanding ocean acidification (video & text)

On Environment Break the focus is on ocean acidification, which is a threat to the coral reefs marine eco-system. Edlyn Ruiz talks to University of Essex’s Emma Camp and Department of Environment’s John Bothwell to find out more about how this has impacted Cayman’s waters. Delisa Hernandez, Cayman 27, 22 december 2014. Video & text.Filed […]

Barak Obama's Presidential Library Could Look Like An Alien Spaceship

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A number of architects had designs among the finalists for the Obama presidential library, but our favorite is this one by Oslo/New York firm Snøhetta. It's variously described as looking like a coral reef or a teardrop, but to us it looks like a pretty cool alien spacecraft. Read more...

Worst 'coral bleaching' in nearly 20 years may be underway, scientists warn

In 1998, one of the most powerful El Niño events on record sent Pacific Ocean temperatures soaring to such heights that almost 20% of the world’s coral reefs experienced significant bleaching. Some of the reefs have never fully recovered...Show More Summary

Gauging perceptions of ocean acidification in Alaska

While ocean acidification (OA) poses a significant threat to ocean-related ecosystems and communities reliant on marine fisheries, aquaculture, and coral reef systems, limited public understanding and awareness can prevent coastal regions from being able to adequately assess the need for OA adaptation or mitigation. Show More Summary

Galápagos coral reef persistence after ENSO warming across an acidification gradient

Anthropogenic CO2 is causing warming and ocean acidification. Coral reefs are being severely impacted, yet confusion lingers regarding how reefs will respond to these stressors over this century. Since the 1982-83 El Niño-Southern Oscillation...Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Filefish Use Chemical Scent to Camouflage, Bangladesh Oil Spill Threatening Endangered Dolphins, and More

An orange-spotted filefish (Oxymonacanthus longirostris). These fish both look and smell like coral reef habitat to hide from predators. (Photo: jaredzimmerman [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons) - Nicaragua's Pearl Cays region has seen a large increase in hawksbill sea turtle nests since 2000, from about 154 nests in 2000 to 468 in 2014. Show More Summary

Coral Reefs Turning Silent from Overfishing, Other Human Impacts

A coral community off of Chile. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) Did you know that coral reefs are home to about one fourth of all marine life? As the most diverse of the marine ecosystems, they’re aptly nicknamed “rainforests of the sea,” says the Smithsonian. Show More Summary

Buying Time in the Deep Blue Sea

In the midst of all the grim talk about runaway global warming, there is an upbeat note--sort of. Certain types of coral reefs appear to be more adaptable to climate change pressures than first thought. The good news about arguably the most biologically productive ecosystems on the planet comes with a major caveat. Show More Summary

You are what you eat -- if you're a coral reef fish

In a world first study researchers have found a coral-eating fish that disguises its smell to hide from predators. "For many animals vision is less important than their sense of smell," says study lead author Dr Rohan Brooker from the...Show More Summary

This Bio-Drone Grows Itself, And Then Melts Into A Puddle Of Sugar When It's Done Flying

If the drone crashes into a sensitive place, like a coral reef, it just harmlessly disappears. Civilian drones may someday deliver your pizza, but they'll also travel places that people can't easily go, mapping forest fires or natural disasters, tracking wildlife, and studying Mars. Read Full Story

Caribbean gorgonian corals highly resistant to ocean acidification

Recently a group of coral scientists found that Caribbean gorgonian corals could calcify and grow under future ocean acidification scenarios. The finding, just published in the online first version of the journal Coral Reefs, has important implications for predicting the abundance and composition of the future coral reef community under the “business as usual scenario”. […]

During Corals Week, a Look at the Value of Coral Reef Ecosystems (Photos)

Coral in the Gulf of Mexico, pictured during a 2010 Gulf of Mexico expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Eduardo Sorensen) You’ve probably encountered coral reefs in some form—whether that’s diving with them in tropical waters or seeing them depicted in movies, like Finding Nemo. Show More Summary

A possible solution for dying coral reefs

3 weeks agoOdd : Kottke.org

It turns out if you break some kinds of slow-growing corals into tiny pieces, these microfragments grow much much faster than usual, even 25-50 times faster. "Part of the coral had grown over the back side and had attached to the bottom of the aquarium," he said. Show More Summary

Ocean Roundup: Mechanisms behind Pufferfish Inflation Discovered, Critical Habitat Proposed for Ringed Seals, and More

The black saddled pufferfish (Canthigaster valentini). (Photo: Cliff / WikiMedia Commons) - New research shows that healthy coral reef systems are actually quite noisy, but are quieting down after damage from acidification, harmful fishing practices, pollution, and more. Show More Summary

Baby coral research gives glimmer of hope reefs could adapt to global warming

A reef-building coral that can survive a more acidic ocean is giving scientists hope that the world’s reefs stand a chance against climate change. An international team of researchers has been using baby corals from the Great Barrier Reef to study the impacts of ocean acidification. A large portion of the world’s carbon emissions and […]

Hear that? That’s the sound of the ocean dying

Damaged coral reefs don't make as much noise as their healthy relatives, which can make it even harder for fish to find their way home.

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans

While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs worldwide, new research has found that some baby corals may be able to cope with the negative effects of ocean acidification.

You can hear the coral reefs dying, experts say

You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity, according to new research. Scientists have found that coral reefs impacted by human activity, such as overfishing, are much quieter than protected reefs, which can have a big impact on the fish and invertebrates which rely on the reefs for survival.

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans

A glimmer of hope for corals as baby reef builders cope with acidifying oceans While the threat of coral bleaching as a result of climate change poses a serious risk to the future of coral reefs worldwide, new research has found that...Show More Summary

Managing reefs to benefit coastal communities

Coral reefs provide a range of benefits, such as food, opportunities for income and education, but not everyone has the same access to them, according to a new study conducted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral...Show More Summary

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