Tag Archives: coral reefs

Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

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Scientists hope to restore damaged coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Photograph: Auscape / UIG/Getty Images/Universal Images Group

Project, which could help restore damaged coral populations, has seen success in the Philippines

November 26, 2017 — Scientists have stepped in as environmental matchmakers by breeding baby coral on the Great Barrier Reef in a move that could have worldwide significance. Continue reading Great Barrier Reef coral-breeding program offers ‘glimmer of hope’

Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

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The world heritage convention demands strong action on climate change to protect coral reefs, Unesco says. Photograph: Justin Blank

Custodians of world heritage-listed sites should aim to keep global temperature increases to just 1.5°C, UN agency says

July 11, 2017 — Countries with responsibility over world heritage-listed coral reefs should adopt ambitious climate change targets, aiming to cut greenhouse gas emissions to levels that would keep Continue reading Countries with coral reefs must do more on climate change – Unesco

Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river

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The unique reef system astonished marine biologists when its existence was widely revealed last year. Photograph: Greenpeace

Oil companies planning to drill near mouth of the river have calculated that the ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of a spill

July 4, 2017 — Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill. Continue reading Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river

‘Many more’ corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

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This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland. Sarah Lai/AFP

It is the third time in 18 years that the World Heritage-listed site, which teems with marine life, has experienced mass bleaching after previous events in 1998 and 2002

SYDNEY, Australia (Oct. 27, 2016) — More corals are dying and others are succumbing to disease and predators after the worst-ever bleaching on Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, scientists said Wednesday, October 26.  Continue reading ‘Many more’ corals die in Great Barrier Reef bleaching

NASA scans Great Barrier Reef to find answers to coral’s poor health

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A US$15m three-year coral reef airborne laboratory mission promises to solve outstanding mysteries of what drives coral reef health. Photograph: NASA

Impetus for the new survey came from analysis that could not find clear link between reef health and human impacts

September 14, 2016 — Scientists working on a NASA-led project are scanning large swathes of the Great Barrier Reef as part of the biggest assessment of the world’s coral reefs ever undertaken.  Continue reading NASA scans Great Barrier Reef to find answers to coral’s poor health

More than 60% of Maldives’ coral reefs hit by bleaching

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Bleached coral seen at low tide on Hudhuranfushi Island, North Male atoll. Bleaching events are becoming more frequent and severe due to sea temperature change. Photograph: Simon McComb/Alamy

Scientific survey found all reefs had been affected by high sea surface temperatures, with up to 90% of coral colonies bleached in some areas

August 12, 2016 — More than 60% of coral in reefs in the Maldives has been hit by “bleaching” as the world is gripped by record temperatures in 2016, a scientific survey suggests.  Continue reading More than 60% of Maldives’ coral reefs hit by bleaching

Calls for climate action over Great Barrier Reef bleaching

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‘WAKE-UP CALL.’ An undated handout photo obtained on March 21, 2016 shows a diver filming a reef affected by bleaching off Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Photo from XL Catlin Seaview Survey/AFP
‘The reef can recover but we must speed up the shift to clean, renewable energy,’ says environmental group WWF

SYDNEY, Australia (Mar. 21, 2016) — Environmental groups Monday, March 21, urged greater action on climate change after the government sounded the alarm over severe coral bleaching in the pristine northern reaches of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Ocean acidification slowing coral reef growth

First scientific study on a natural coral reef shows the effect of acidification caused by global warming, rather than common factors in reef decline

March 10, 2016 — Coral reefs are having their growth stunted by ocean acidification caused by global warming, new research has confirmed.

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Satellite imagery shows ecocide in South China Sea

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Image by Victor Robert Lee and DigitalGlobe
Poaching of giant clam shells is causing massive scarring of coral reefs

January 17, 2016 — Satellite images of the South China Sea show man-made scarring of coral reefs on a scale heretofore unappreciated, much of which occurred between 2012 and late 2015.

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