There's trouble brewing at the iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia. A recent study shows that almost half of the reef, mostly in the Northern part, is practically dead while 93 percent of its corals have been bleached.
In a look at several kinds of coral worldwide, the coral that contained more fat withstood warming water and climate-change events better.
Even corals adapted to warmer waters, such as those living along reefs in Kimberly Australia, are particularly vulnerable to climate change and increased rates of bleaching.
Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) is responding to two years of mass coral bleaching with a management program. They will gather scientific opinion and build next steps for making reefs more resilient. Some groups feel that the aquarium trade should stop gathering fish; others disagree with this.
Along with micro-beads, we've talked about commercial sunscreens and their effect on marine life. A recent study found that a chemical ingredient found in most sunscreens and roughly 3,500 products is killing young coral.
It's official, our oceans are experiencing a coral bleaching event on a global scale. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), countless simultaneous reef bleaching incidents culminated in to one massive and connected event, formally declared the third global bleaching event ever recorded.
A new study suggests that a nutrient-rich, balanced diet can boost coral resilience under thermal stress, which can be caused by climate change.
Coral reefs throughout the Pacific are facing increasing rates of coral bleaching, according to the NOAA. This is a result of warming ocean temperatures and corals are expected to endure this stress through October.
You may have heard some mixed opinions about the state of coral reefs. Some will argue that coral conditions are in a natural flux, or that reefs will have time to adapt to our changing oceans. Others have found that coral populations have sustained irreparable damage. Now several new studies help show that things are a LOT more complicated than you might imagine.
Coral reefs worldwide are taking a beating from global warming, and while new research shows that a certain species of invasive microbe may protect them, it comes at a cost.
Coral reefs are rapidly diminishing, and new research says that climate engineering, or geoengineering, could be the key to saving them from fatal mass bleaching events.
It's no secret that the world's coral reefs are rapidly declining, taking the one-two punch that is warming temperatures and mounting ocean acidification. However, there is hope, and it's coming straight from an unknown member of the natural world. Researchers have just discovered a new species of algae, and it's one that seems to be able to help corals survive otherwise deadly temperatures.