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.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or Unesco is tasked to protect and preserve 229 Unesco heritage sites worldwide. However, according to a recent report by WWF, 114 out of 229 of these heritage sites are at risk due to irresponsible industrial activities.
Captured damselfish release a chemical distress call that confuses their attackers by calling other predators to the area. The ensuing competition buys them enough time to flee.
Scientists have found a new tool for combating Crown of Thorns Starfish (CoTS) that threaten the Great Barrier Reef: Household vinegar, which has proven to kill the starfish in lab settings and is a cheaper alternative to current drugs.
The whale shark, a gigantic but docile and toothless fish that hums around warm oceans with its mouth wide open at times, has a secret: How to thrive on tiny, tiny nutritional bits. It is still hunted in some areas, but is considered a vulnerable species.
COTSbot to the rescue! A robotics team has developed a robot to eliminate the invasive crown-of-thorns (COTS) starfish, which is a huge threat to the Great Barrier Reef. What next, a robot for Lionfish in U.S. waters?
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.
Certain genes may give secret sauce (and stress-dealing ability) to fish, generation by generation.
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.
The world's largest coral reef and its amazing ecosystem must be monitored, and dumping must stop, says UN, in urgent message to Australia.
New research shows that suspended sediment accumulated via human activities can impair the breathing of fish, such as clownfish, as well as increases the rate of disease in fish.
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.