coral bleaching

Scientists Discover ‘Most Diverse Coral Site’ on Great Barrier Reef

Scientists Discover ‘Most Diverse Coral Site’ on Great Barrier Reef

Australian scientists have found the “most diverse coral site” on the Great Barrier Reef, observing at least 195 different species of corals in space no longer than 500 meters, The Guardian reported. The non-profit organization Great Barrier Reef Legacy and marine scientist Charlie Veron, a world expert on coral reefs, confirmed the diversity of the […]

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    New Caledonia Bans All Types of Extraction Surrounding Pristine Coral Reefs

    New Caledonia Bans All Types of Extraction Surrounding Pristine Coral Reefs

    The French overseas territory of New Caledonia announced Tuesday the highest possible levels of protection for some of the world’s last unspoiled coral reefs. All types of extraction, including commercial and industrial fishing, has been banned in the Chesterfield, Bellona, Entrecasteaux, Pétrie and Astrolabe coral ecosystems, according to a Tuesday press release from the World […]

    Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Could Buy Time to Save Reefs

    Forecasting Coral Disease Outbreaks Could Buy Time to Save Reefs

    By Amy McDermott Hawaii’s knobby finger coral careened toward extinction in 2015. The species was so rare that scientists could only find a few fragments in the wild, scattered across the seabed of Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay. It might have been a familiar story. Vanishing species like Southern Resident orcas and North Atlantic right whales pile […]

    ‘Twilight Zone’ Reefs Win a Conservation Spotlight

    ‘Twilight Zone’ Reefs Win a Conservation Spotlight

    By Allison Guy In May 2016, technical divers descended 200 feet to Benham Bank, the shallowest portion of a huge underwater plateau off the Philippines’ northeast tip. As they neared the bottom, an otherworldly landscape emerged from the dim cobalt blue. Plates of coral grew one atop the other like china at a yard sale, […]

    Great Barrier Reef in Danger of Mass Coral Bleaching Events Every Two Years

    Great Barrier Reef in Danger of Mass Coral Bleaching Events Every Two Years

    The Great Barrier Reef—Australia’s remarkable but imperiled natural wonder—is under risk of repeat coral bleaching events unless greenhouse gas emissions are slashed, Australia’s Climate Council warned Thursday. The new report, Lethal Consequences: Climate Change Impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, determined that by 2034, the extreme ocean temperatures that led to the mass bleaching events […]

    Hawaii to Approve Landmark Ban on Coral-Damaging Sunscreens

    Hawaii to Approve Landmark Ban on Coral-Damaging Sunscreens

    Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the sale of sunscreen that contains chemicals considered harmful to ocean ecosystems, including coral reefs. The Aloha State is the first in the nation to enact such a law. “Studies have documented the negative impact of these chemicals on corals and other marine life. Our natural […]

    Sculptures Under the Sea—and on the Front Lines of Climate Change

    Sculptures Under the Sea—and on the Front Lines of Climate Change

    By Patrick Rogers Famous for its turquoise waters and spectacularly diverse animal and plant life, the Maldives also bears the unwelcome distinction of being the country most vulnerable to rising sea levels. The island chain in the Indian Ocean is the flattest nation on earth, with most of its land lying less than five feet […]

    Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Ban on Coral-Damaging Sunscreen

    Hawaii Lawmakers Pass Ban on Coral-Damaging Sunscreen

    Lawmakers in Hawaii passed a bill Tuesday prohibiting the sale of sunscreens that are harmful to ocean ecosystems, including coral reefs. The bill now heads to Governor David Ige for his signature. If signed, Hawaii will ban these sunscreens starting Jan. 1, 2021 and become the first state in the nation to enact such a […]