Deep, cold-water corals are very slow to recover from damage, a new, unique study shows. Therefore, say researchers, deep-water Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) protect vulnerable marine ecosystems most effectively when they are put in place before that damage occurs.
Scientists are using facial recognition technology and 360-degree underwater photos to examine the effects of coral bleaching in a speedy and innovative way. New software building on the two can examine thousands of images over weeks, rather than years. Show More Summary
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Scientists Call For Action To Save The Great Barrier Reef An international team of scientists and coral reef experts have, in a letter to the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, urged greater action to protect the iconic Great Barrier Reef — a region that is currently witnessing its worst...
As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists have sent a letter to Australian officials calling for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged. The letter was sent Saturday to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull imploring...
Last month was the hottest May on record—and with heat comes death for many of the world’s more fragile organisms. We've seen reports that coral bleaching has reached alarming levels this year, threatening the world’s greatest reefs....Show More Summary
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of the world. Stretching for over 1,400 miles off the coast of Australia, it’s visible from space and is considered the largest single organic structure on the planet.
Scientists say good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral healthy, able to withstand the impacts of global warming and to secure the long-term survival of reefs worldwide. "Healthy corals interact with complex communities of beneficial microbes or 'good bacteria'," says Dr. Show More Summary
Coral in every major reef region across the world has already experienced bleaching, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasts that temperatures in much of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans could reach a point at which significant bleaching of corals is present this summer. Show More Summary
By Tim Radford / Climate News Network Worst-ever bleaching event affects 93 percent of the famous reef as rising temperatures and sea levels bring swift death to vast swathes of colourful corals.
HONOLULU -- In the case of global climate change, convincing the world that time is of the essence has been no easy task for the scientific community. Coral reefs, however, which have been devastated by the "longest and most widespread"...Show More Summary
Reef-building corals have a symbiotic relationship with Symbiodinium algae, and environmental stressors that cause algae to be expelled from reefs can give rise to the phenomenon known as coral bleaching. New research indicates thatShow More Summary
Researchers at the XL Catlin Global Reef Record told The Associated Press that creating the virtual reality scenes allows hundreds of thousands of images to be analyzed within weeks rather than years. Coral reefs are essential to food...Show More Summary
Scientists have known for a while that coral reefs around the world are dying, and in a worst-case scenario they were counting on large, healthy-looking corals to repopulate. But a new study shows that these seemingly healthy colonies are 'Coral Zombies' with no reproductive ability, which makes them useless in a recovery effort.
Coral reef news isn’t getting any sunnier as long as reefs keep getting this much sun. And they will, according to the latest outlook from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coral Reef Watch program, which predicts...Show More Summary
As global temperatures continue to rise, entire underwater ecosystems are under threat of extinction.
"There is still time for corals to recover even from the point of bleaching if we act quickly," says artist Courtney Mattison. With the Great Barrier Reef suffering the worst mass bleaching event in history, climate change could kill off the world's coral reefs for good by the end of the century. Show More Summary
One hundred percent of captive blue tang have been taken from their homes on coral reefs, often using poison.
Coral reefs have been having a rough time of it lately, have you heard? They’re in the midst of the largest, longest, and worst mass die-off in history. But there’s a bright spot: when humans take action to protect reefs, they tend to do better. Sometimes, they even thrive. Read more...