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.
With proper management of coral reefs that defend Pacific Islands and provide important sea health and climate records, the reefs might be able to continue growing vertically.
Coral-like nanoplates made from aluminum oxide were recently introduced by Chinese researchers. They are powerful removers of mercury from ocean water, so far.
For three years beginning in August, 400 underwater video locations all over the globe will record valuable information on sharks, rays and skates and their relationship to reefs.
Coral that was killed during tectonic-plate movement near the Solomon Islands shows earthquake history and helps with some predictions, say researchers.
Using coral genes from the Great Barrier Reef and another reef 300 miles to the south, researchers say that genes can be adjusted for warming temperatures.
Coral reefs have been the subject of much research given the ongoing threats they are dealing with related to climate change. Ocean acidification, for one, is wreaking havoc on these delicate ecosystems, but a remarkable new study says that coral reefs in Palau may be able to defy the odds.
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.
The iconic Great Barrier Reef in Australia avoided being put on the World Heritage Site's "in danger" list, based on a UNESCO draft report, however concerns were still raised about its future in the long term.
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 Great Barrier Reef is in danger as climate change and ocean acidification diminish coral populations, but now new research suggests that an ancient slowdown that occurred after the Ice Age warned this iconic ecosystem of its bleak future.
A wealth of research has warned that corals reefs, true reservoirs of biodiversity, are seriously threatened by human activities and climate change. But now researchers are offering a glimmer of hope, finding that corals may not be doomed to disappear after all.
It is no secret that in the midst of climate change, coral reefs around the world are suffering. However, a warming world is not the only factor putting these reefs in danger - overfishing also plagues these colorful ecosystems. And now new research offers a glimmer of hope, finding that fish are the answer to their problems.
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.
Giant clams have been a hard-to-miss part of coral reef ecosystems for the greater part of the last 38 million years. However, experts will be quick to admit that the part they play in these incredible systems remains rather shrouded in mystery. Now a new study hopes to pull back the veil and further our understanding of these clam colossi.