Researchers recently pieced together a vast puzzle of chemical and weather logs found deep within the skeletons of tropical corals in a famous Pacific archipelago. The result was a stunning warning about the near-future: a bleaching event is coming, and it may be the worst seen in at least 20 years.
The clever filefish apparently likes to play hide-and-seek from predators in smelly corals, a new study says, by using a type of chemical camouflage to disguise its smell. This gives a whole new meaning to the old adage, "you are what you eat."
Ocean acidification: a direct result of rising carbon levels that we know is bad for tropical corals all over the world, leading to serious bleaching and colony degradation. However, now all corals are going to take this abuse sitting down. New research has revealed that Caribbean gorgonian corals may be highly resistant to ocean acidification, shrugging off the same conditions that are damaging other reefs.
Researchers took a closer look at the effects ocean acidification has on coral, and have found some compelling evidence of its dangers. Worse still, they even found that acidification may encourage coral erosion, a stunning observation that suggests coral are fighting a war against acidification on two fronts.
Corals may be in more trouble than we thought. A new study has recently revealed that even after corals recover from traumatic bleaching events, they may not reproduce, as bleaching appears to have some adverse affects on the long-term fertility of coral species.
Last September, conservationists were thrilled to see the Australian government rescind its plans to dump sediment from dredging into Great Barrier Reef waters. Now however, it has been revealed that four more dredging projects near the reef are still likely to occur, and sediment from these digs could still be dumped within the greater World Heritage Area.
Remember how ocean acidification is really bad for coral? Surprisingly, that may not always be the case. A new study of tropical corals has shown that their rate of reef-building actually increases with moderate hikes in acidification. It is only intense acidification that can harm coral.
A team of researchers led by the NOAA say they have discovered a new species of coral located deep off the coast of California. This novel species may provide new insight about the ecosystems of deep-sea life, as most corals traditionally serve as a valuable refuge for marine life.
Tropical coral, the iconic face of coral life everywhere, fuse together with the help of calcareous algae that grow on the crust of the unusual animals' dead branches. However, not every species of coral colonizes in this manner. A new study on cold-water corals has found that even unrelated species can fuse in a unique process that does not require the help of a third party, making for some beautiful combinations of shape and color.
A team of researchers are now saying that despite the dangers of climate change across the globe, not every species of coral is doomed. A new study details how some coral species are actually moving into new territory as their vulnerable cousins continue to decline with rising ocean temperatures.
A great number of coral populations across the globe have been steadily declining due to the adverse effects of climate change. The NOAA even recently recognized 20 different types of coral as threatened species due to notable decline. However, some coral have found themselves an ally. Mangroves appear to be harboring a great number of coral species, protecting them from things like ocean acidification and elevated temperatures.
Ocean acidification and coral reef damage is likely going to cost the world economy over a trillion dollars by 2100, according to a new report by United Nations (UN) experts.
Scientists are frantically monitoring Hawaii's unusual windless coast, finding that elevated sea surface temperatures are severely stressing corals near the shoreline, causing a major coral bleaching event that's even more intense than one seen two decades ago.
Conservationists have been slapping each other on the back this week after plans to dump five million metric tons of mud into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been cancelled. However, people are now asking where the mud will go, and aren't getting much of an answer.