One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution. While researchers work to determine the affect these
A new species of algae has been discovered in reef corals of the Persian Gulf where it helps corals to survive seawater temperatures of up to 36 degrees Celsius -- temperatures that would kill corals elsewhere.
The health and future of coral and coral reef ecosystems remains threatened by global climate change (GCC) and ocean acidification (OA). There is a need to better understand the current health of coral reef ecosystems, particularly those in threshold environments which will likely be affected first by pressures from GCC and OA. This need can […]
Over 2,500 New York subway cars have been used to create an underwater reef for crustaceans and fish in the Atlantic from Delaware to Georgia. A hydraulic lift then picked them up and dropped them one at a time into the ocean about once a month, destined to become a long line of houses for sea life along the coast from Delaware to South Carolina. Show More Summary
Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online With the world’s oceans becoming choked with plastic, it’s easy to see that it’s probably not a good thing. And when scientists in Australia found that corals on the Great Barrier Reef readily eat micro-plastic pollution, they...
Ocean acidification is a known ecological problem, causing shark populations to drastically decrease in recent years and damaging coral reefs. But new studies show that ocean acidification could pose serious economic problems, even on the shores of the United States. Show More Summary
Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution - but there are obviously limits. Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic in the environment and are a widespread contaminant in marine ecosystems, particularly in inshore coral reefs. Show More Summary
The U.S. government has a made a $1.97 million payment to the Philippines for damages to a protected coral reef caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper. The USS Guardian ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef,
From Georgia Tech and the “it’s your SUV that’s killing the coral reefs today, why can’t you get that through your head” department comes this inconvenient study. La Nina-like conditions associated with 2,500-year-long shutdown of coral reef growth A new study has found that La Niña-like conditions in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of…
A student filmmaking team prepares to chronicle efforts to save Caribbean coral reefs, with a focus on Curaçao.
Research indicating Caribbean corals may be better equipped to tolerate climate change than previously believed could impact future studies on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
Large benthic foraminifera are significant contributors to sediment formation on coral reefs, yet they are vulnerable to ocean acidification. Here, we assessed the biochemical and morphological impacts of acidification on the calcification of Amphistegina lessonii and Marginopora vertebralis exposed to different pH conditions. Show More Summary
Coral reefs are just the canary in the coal mine – reminding us in a very dramatic way that things are changing and swift action is required.
It is widely acknowledged that temperature stress affects an organism’s sensitivity to ocean acidification and vice versa, yet it is not clear how the two are mechanistically linked. Here, we induced thermal stress in two coral species...Show More Summary
NOAA projects that 2015 will bring a global bleaching event that will imperil vital coral reefs for the third time in a decade
Warm ocean temperatures in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans could be bringing major coral bleaching events to reefs around the world in 2015, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest forecast. Show More Summary
There are few in situ studies showing how net community calcification (Gnet) of coral reefs is related to carbonate chemistry, and the studies to date have demonstrated different predicted rates of change. In this study, we measured net community production (Pnet), Gnet, and carbonate chemistry of a reef flat at One Tree Island, Great Barrier […]
Jeff Greene, the self-parodying billionaire and would-be senator who once damaged a coral reef with the anchor of his yacht, and recently told a crowd at Davos that "American lifestyle expectations are too high," is apparently having trouble living...
Heart Reef, Australia A coral formation off the Whitsunday Islands in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the beloved Heart Reef grew and protruded naturally from the surface in the shape of a heart. The small atoll can only be appreciated from the
In a recent episode of SciShow, host Michael Aranda explores wild undersea wars where little crabs defend Pacific coral reefs from big, spiny, and venomous crown-of-thorns starfish. The deadly and fascinating multiple-armed starfish are one of the largest sea stars in the world.