coral bleaching

Australia Lobbying Thwarts Push to List Great Barrier Reef as Endangered

Australia Lobbying Thwarts Push to List Great Barrier Reef as Endangered

By Jake Johnson An intense lobbying campaign by the pro-fossil fuel Australian government succeeded Friday in keeping the Great Barrier Reef off a list of World Heritage Sites considered “in danger,” despite experts’ warnings that the biodiverse ecosystem is increasingly imperiled by the global climate emergency. The 21-nation World Heritage Committee — organized by the […]

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    Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

    Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

    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. Now, a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters Nov. 20 has figured out why. The coral reefs that give these islands their structure are continuing to produce […]

    Study: Plastic Pollution Increases Ocean Acidification

    Study: Plastic Pollution Increases Ocean Acidification

    A new study finds that plastic water bottles submerged three weeks at sea contained more detrimental bacteria than seawater, creating conditions that lead to ocean acidification. In the study, published last week in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, international scientists concluded that plastic pollution, particularly single-use plastic water bottles, collected harmful bacteria and microorganisms, which […]

    Lab-Grown Corals May Prevent Reef Bleaching

    Lab-Grown Corals May Prevent Reef Bleaching

    By Johan Augustin In a lab on Australia’s east coast, scientists are concocting what they hope will be the solution to the steadily worsening problem of coral bleaching. Few people understand the Great Barrier Reef, and the challenges it faces, better than the scientists at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). And events of […]