coral reefs

Scientists Uncover How Sunscreen Chemicals Become Toxic to Corals

Scientists Uncover How Sunscreen Chemicals Become Toxic to Corals

Awareness of the impacts that some sunscreens can have on coral reefs has been on the rise in recent years. But while scientists knew that chemicals like oxybenzone were causing problems, they weren’t exactly sure why or how. Now, a group of environmental chemists and biologists has come up with an explanation. The scientists first […]

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    Great Barrier Reef at Risk of More Mass Bleaching

    Great Barrier Reef at Risk of More Mass Bleaching

    After record-high temperatures for the last four months of 2021, the Great Barrier Reef is at risk of another mass bleaching event. Experts are shocked and concerned by the unprecedented levels of heat stress on the corals. From September through December 14, 2021, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) noted more heat stress over the […]

    First IVF Corals Spawn Successfully on Great Barrier Reef

    First IVF Corals Spawn Successfully on Great Barrier Reef

    There’s hope that an innovative idea may have what it takes to help save the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef. For the first time, Coral IVF babies have themselves reproduced on a previously degraded reef, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) announced Monday. “We couldn’t be more excited to see that these coral babies have grown […]

    Nobel-Winning Stock Market Theory Aids Threatened Coral Reefs

    Nobel-Winning Stock Market Theory Aids Threatened Coral Reefs

    A Nobel Prize-winning economic investment theory shows promising early signs of helping to save threatened coral reefs, scientists say. Researchers at University of Queensland in Australia used a mathematical framework called modern portfolio theory (MPT) to pinpoint the world’s 50 coral reefs or coral sanctuaries that are most likely to survive the climate crisis and […]

    ‘Magical’ Coral Spawning Is Sign of Hope for Great Barrier Reef

    ‘Magical’ Coral Spawning Is Sign of Hope for Great Barrier Reef

    The news is full of dire warnings about the future and current health of the Great Barrier Reef, but the World Heritage Site is not dead yet. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded videos of corals spawning en masse off the coast of Cairns, Queensland. “Nothing makes people happier than new life, and coral spawning is […]

    Poop From Meat Eaters Threatens Coral Reefs

    Poop From Meat Eaters Threatens Coral Reefs

    From animal welfare to deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions, there is growing awareness of the harmful effects of factory farming and meat consumption. Now, a new study published in PLOS One Wednesday uncovered another way in which too much meat eating harms the environment: It puts more nitrogen into human waste, threatening coastal ecosystems like […]

    Only Two Percent of the Great Barrier Reef Has Escaped Coral Bleaching

    Only Two Percent of the Great Barrier Reef Has Escaped Coral Bleaching

    The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. It has experienced five mass bleaching events since 1998, three of them in the last five years. Now, new research published in Current Biology Thursday finds that only two percent of the reef escaped some bleaching during that time. “This is one of the most confronting results of […]