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A dispenser with "Reef friendly" sunscreen can be seen on the wall at the surfjack Hotel in Honolulu. Christina Horsten / Picture Alliance / Getty Images

Hawaii is on its way to banning more reef-damaging sunscreens.

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Drone surveillance reveals just how big a contribution sea cucumbers make to reef habitats. treetstreet / iStock / Getty Images

By Hannah Thomasy

On its own, a single sea cucumber may not be very impressive. But get enough of these floppy, faceless creatures together, and they—or, more specifically, their poop—can physically and biochemically reshape a coral reef habitat.

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tzahiV / iStock / Getty Images

The COVID-19 Delta variant has left businesses and schools across the country backpedaling from their goals for more integrated, in-person participation.

In many areas, virtual learning and remote work are becoming the norm once again, and often, this comes with a significant increase in residential energy consumption. For those concerned about increased electric bills and a greater carbon footprint, however, researchers say solar energy could prove effective in offsetting the costs of working and learning from home.

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Located 70 to 115 miles off the coast of Texas and Louisiana, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas managed by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. NOAA

Ocean acidification and pollution are well-known threats to the world's coral reef ecosystems. But in a recent study, scientists have uncovered an entirely new threat: human fecal bacteria.

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BP's fossil fuel project off the West African coast is close to Mauritania's Diawling National Park. Gilles MARTIN / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

A BP fossil-fuel project could threaten a unique biodiversity hotspot and worsen the climate crisis, a new investigation from Unearthed and SourceMaterial has found.

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A diver looks at the coral reefs of the Society Islands in French Polynesia on May 9, 2019 in Moorea, French Polynesia. Alexis Rosenfeld / Getty Images

Coral reef ecosystems are threatened, researchers have warned. Warming oceans, pollution and overfishing are a few reasons why.

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NFL Green, the NFL's environmental and sustainability program, helps to restore Florida's Coral Reef in Tampa ahead of the Super Bowl as part of its annual Green Week. Force Blue

When we think of the Super Bowl — America's most popular sporting event, according to Arcadia Publishingocean conservation and military veterans usually aren't top of mind. But, for the last two years, a unique collaboration ahead of the annual game has placed coral restoration at the forefront of the world's attention.

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A coral reef off the coast of Tanzania, where deep, cool water protects it from warming temperatures. Michael Markovina / WCS

Thousands of years ago, glacial runoff from Mount Kilimanjaro formed a deep basin off the coast of East Africa. Today, this oasis of deep, cool water provides coral reefs and marine life with a sanctuary from the rising temperatures of the climate crisis, allowing biodiversity to thrive.

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Ian Urbina patrolling on a boat in Gambia. The Outlaw Ocean Project

By Ian Urbina

About 100 miles off the coast of Thailand, three dozen Cambodian boys and men worked barefoot all day and into the night on the deck of a purse seiner fishing ship. Fifteen-foot swells climbed the sides of the vessel, clipping the crew below the knees. Ocean spray and fish innards made the floor skating-rink slippery.

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The Arizona State University Global Airborne Observatory on a mapping mission over north Maui Island coast. Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science / Arizona State University

A team of scientists has created the first-ever aerial map of the coral reefs surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands, in a breakthrough researchers hope will assist reef conservation in the islands and beyond.

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Ailinglaplap Atoll, of which Jeh Island forms a part. Reinhard Dirscherl / The Image Bank / Getty Images

Sea level rise caused by the climate crisis is considered a major threat to low-lying Pacific atolls. Despite this, however, some of these islands are actually growing.

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The Salas y Goméz and Nazca ridges are one of the most unique biodiversity hotspots on Earth. Coral Reefs of the High Seas Coalition

A new study is shedding light on what lies in the deep.

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More than a third of shark and ray species are directly threatened by extinction, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) warned on Saturday.

The revelation came in the IUCN's updated Red List assessment on endangered wildlife, which was released at the body's World Conservation Congress in Marseilles, France.

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EcoWatch is a community of experts publishing quality, science-based content on environmental issues, causes, and solutions for a healthier planet and life.
A dispenser with "Reef friendly" sunscreen can be seen on the wall at the surfjack Hotel in Honolulu. Christina Horsten / Picture Alliance / Getty Images

Hawaii is on its way to banning more reef-damaging sunscreens.

Read More Show Less
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
Drone surveillance reveals just how big a contribution sea cucumbers make to reef habitats. treetstreet / iStock / Getty Images

By Hannah Thomasy

On its own, a single sea cucumber may not be very impressive. But get enough of these floppy, faceless creatures together, and they—or, more specifically, their poop—can physically and biochemically reshape a coral reef habitat.

Read More Show Less
tzahiV / iStock / Getty Images

The COVID-19 Delta variant has left businesses and schools across the country backpedaling from their goals for more integrated, in-person participation.

In many areas, virtual learning and remote work are becoming the norm once again, and often, this comes with a significant increase in residential energy consumption. For those concerned about increased electric bills and a greater carbon footprint, however, researchers say solar energy could prove effective in offsetting the costs of working and learning from home.

Read More Show Less
Located 70 to 115 miles off the coast of Texas and Louisiana, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas managed by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. NOAA

Ocean acidification and pollution are well-known threats to the world's coral reef ecosystems. But in a recent study, scientists have uncovered an entirely new threat: human fecal bacteria.

Read More Show Less
Trending
BP's fossil fuel project off the West African coast is close to Mauritania's Diawling National Park. Gilles MARTIN / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

A BP fossil-fuel project could threaten a unique biodiversity hotspot and worsen the climate crisis, a new investigation from Unearthed and SourceMaterial has found.

Read More Show Less
A diver looks at the coral reefs of the Society Islands in French Polynesia on May 9, 2019 in Moorea, French Polynesia. Alexis Rosenfeld / Getty Images

Coral reef ecosystems are threatened, researchers have warned. Warming oceans, pollution and overfishing are a few reasons why.

Read More Show Less
NFL Green, the NFL's environmental and sustainability program, helps to restore Florida's Coral Reef in Tampa ahead of the Super Bowl as part of its annual Green Week. Force Blue

When we think of the Super Bowl — America's most popular sporting event, according to Arcadia Publishingocean conservation and military veterans usually aren't top of mind. But, for the last two years, a unique collaboration ahead of the annual game has placed coral restoration at the forefront of the world's attention.

Read More Show Less
A coral reef off the coast of Tanzania, where deep, cool water protects it from warming temperatures. Michael Markovina / WCS

Thousands of years ago, glacial runoff from Mount Kilimanjaro formed a deep basin off the coast of East Africa. Today, this oasis of deep, cool water provides coral reefs and marine life with a sanctuary from the rising temperatures of the climate crisis, allowing biodiversity to thrive.

Read More Show Less
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