coral bleaching

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    2020 Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Event Is Most Widespread to Date

    2020 Great Barrier Reef Bleaching Event Is Most Widespread to Date

    The Great Barrier Reef‘s third mass bleaching event in five years is also its most widespread, according to new data released Tuesday. Professor Terry Hughes, director of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, spent nine days in a plane surveying 1,036 reefs from the air, The Guardian reported. He […]

    Coral Reef Tipping Point: ‘Near-Annual’ Bleaching May Occur Globally, Scientists Say

    Coral Reef Tipping Point: ‘Near-Annual’ Bleaching May Occur Globally, Scientists Say

    Tropical coral reefs are at a critical tipping point, and we’ve pushed them there, scientists say. Climate change may now cause previously rare, devastating coral bleaching events to occur in tropical coral reefs around the globe on a ‘near-annual’ basis, reported The Guardian. In February 2020, record-high sea temperatures at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef caused […]

    Great Barrier Reef Has Third Major Bleaching Event in Five Years

    Great Barrier Reef Has Third Major Bleaching Event in Five Years

    The Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder that once teemed with life, just experienced a major coral bleaching event, according to scientists who conducted aerial surveys over hundreds of individual reefs, as The Guardian reported. According to NBC News, the entire Great Barrier Reef is suffering a period of unprecedented heat stress. This bleaching event […]

    Manhattan-Sized Pumice Raft Could Bring New Life to Great Barrier Reef

    Manhattan-Sized Pumice Raft Could Bring New Life to Great Barrier Reef

    Could an undersea volcanic eruption help the Great Barrier Reef recover from coral bleaching? A Manhattan-size raft of pumice stones ― believed to be the result of an undersea eruption near Tonga ― is floating on the Pacific Ocean towards Australia, CNN reported Monday. The pumice carries with it marine organisms like crabs and corals […]

    This Scientific Breakthrough at the Florida Aquarium Could Save Coral Reefs

    This Scientific Breakthrough at the Florida Aquarium Could Save Coral Reefs

    Hope may be on the horizon for the world’s depleted coral reefs thanks to scientists who successfully reproduced endangered corals in a laboratory setting for the first time, according to Reuters. The majestic beauty of the biodiversity in ocean’s coral reefs is under threat from the climate crisis. Viruses and bacteria that are hostile to […]