Coral reef scientist jointly awarded John Maddox prize weeks after his research centre lost government funding Judges have awarded an Australian scientist a prestigious international prize, saying he has battled political smears and public attempts to discredit his work in order to shine a light on the devastating effects of climate change on coral reefs. Prof Terry Hughes was jointly awarded the John Maddox prize on Wednesday for bringing public attention to coral bleaching. Continue reading...
A poorly organized 911 system hampered the police response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. That’s one finding discussed on Tuesday by the public safety commission investigating the shooting. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, the commission chair, detailed how the complex, multi-agency police and emergency response system in Parkland delayed police officers attempting to respond as the shooter opened fire. Parkland contracts with the Broward Sheriff's Office for police services and Coral Springs for fire and emergency medical services (EMS). The two agencies have two separate dispatch centers, which are not automatically in communication with each other. 911 calls from cell phones in Parkland go to Coral Springs dispatchers. That means if someone is trying to call...
The largest shark nursery to have been found in Irish waters has been discovered among cold-water coral reefs 200 miles west of Ireland. A remotely operated vehicle surveying the deep ocean floor revealed thousands of egg cases deposited on coral skeletons at depths of up to 750 metres 92,500ft). Ocean floor rover finds large shark nursery in Irish waters - video Continue reading...
Filed under: News, Discovery - Science, Science & Tech Much of the deep sea has never been explored close-up by humans. Some submarines have plumbed its depths, but reaching the ocean bottom is a complicated and expensive journey, challenging because the seabed lies under more than three miles of water, which exerts huge amounts of pressure. “We know more about space than about the bottom of the oceans in our own planet, even though more than two-thirds of the surface of the Earth is covered by marine sediments,” said Olivier Sulpis, a researcher and doctoral student at McGill University’s department of earth and planetary sciences.Sulpis and his team studied ocean floor sediment from the middle of the North Atlantic. (Photo: Olivier Sulpis)A diver surveys coral bleaching. (Photo: The Ocean...
The City of Boynton Beach will decide Wednesday night whether to become the latest Florida city to join a national coalition dedicated to sea-level rise adaptation. The city commission will vote on a resolution to become part of the American Flood Coalition . The non-partisan non-profit brings together cities, elected officials, and military and business leaders to advocate for solutions to sea-level rise and flooding. The agenda item says by joining, Boynton Beach will have expanded access to a network of people working on rising seas -- plus new opportunities for funding, communication and community engagement. Of the 25 cities currently in the American Flood Coalition, 23 are from Florida -- including 19 cities from Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties. Other member cities...
Coral scientists decry loss of funding for leading Australian reef instituteCoral scientists decry loss of funding for leading Australian reef institute, Published online: 05 November 2018; doi:10.1038/d41586-018-07270-8Research council fails to shortlist the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies in its latest funding round.
A disputed atoll in the South China Sea could become a focal point for the rising military tensions between China and the United States in the region, observers have said.
Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, is claimed by Beijing, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam, although in recent years, Beijing has reinforced its grip on the territory by building a large man-made island, complete with an airfield and landing strip, around it.
Located to the west of the Philippine island of Palawan, the...
Some coral reefs have a stronger genetic makeup to fight off bleaching, a recent study said.
It seems humanity isn’t just content to screw up the surface of the planet. We’re gonna do the deep ocean, too.Read more...
The Pacific nation of Palau is banning some sunscreens because they may be damaging to coral reefs. Anyone caught flouting the rules will be fined up to $1000
November 02, 2018 5:00 AM KOROR (Palau) • The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.
The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.
Palau, which lies in the western Pacific about halfway between Australia and Japan, is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations, but the government is concerned its popularity is coming at a cost.
A spokesman for President Tommy Remengesau said there was scientific evidence that the...
November 01, 2018 1:48 PM KOROR, PALAU (AFP) - The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.
Near record high lagoon temperatures coupled with relatively low sea levels are combining to cause coral bleaching in Kwajalein and Majuro. Bleaching of coral along the Ebeye-Gugeegue causeway at Kwajalein Atoll was visible this past week. Lib Island Mayor Kawa Jatios provided photos of exposed corals that are showing signs of bleaching. The coral bleaching […]
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Pioneering coral reef scientist Ruth Gates, who dedicated much of her career to saving the world's fragile and deteriorating underwater reef ecosystems, has died. She was 56.
According to a new study from McGill University, the calcite in the seafloor - which helps to control acidification - is now dissolving rapidly due to an influx of carbon dioxide.
Between the city sinking and the sea level rise, climate scientists predict Venice will be wholly under water by the end of this century.
The federal government has picked marine ecologist Ian Poiner to head the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, an agency which oversees the world's largest collection of coral reefs.
Venice city officials say 70 percent of the historic center of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters (more than 58 1/2 inches) above sea level
Ask four Australians why the Great Barrier Reef is bleaching, and you'll hear four different answers.
Australian Marine Conservation Society calls on Ian Poiner to take ‘aggressive’ stance on reef’s behalf The Australian government has appointed marine scientist Ian Poiner as the new chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, days after a dire new forecast for coral bleaching was issued. The appointment to the authority, which manages the reef and advises the government on its care, also comes months after the government granted $443m in reef funding to the private Great Barrier Reef Foundation instead of key agencies including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Continue reading...
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Canadian fisheries scientists have discovered a large number of intact colonies of living coral off Cape Breton in a reef complex that had been turned to rubble by decades of bottom trawl fishing gear.
With the help of gold nanorods and a cryoprotectant, coral larvae are brought back to life after cryopreservation.
Climate advisors say coastal communities must "get real" about the possibility of 1m sea level rise.
On Wednesday, Florida's gubernatorial candidates Andrew Gillum and Ron DeSantis had their last debate before Election Day at Broward College. WLRN Broward County reporter Caitie Switalski was at the debate and joined Sundial to share key takeaways. For seniors in South Florida and across the country, this time of year can be particularly stressful as they fill out their college applications. Sundial hosted a panel discussion about the college preparation process and were joined by Coral Reef High School “CAP” advisor Louise Gilman; Dr. Octavio Ramos, President of Dr. O. Ramos & Associates Tutoring and College Prep Services; and Dave Marcus, the author of “Acceptance: A Legendary Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges— and Find Themselves.” Can belly dancing heal emotional wounds?...
A cruise ship spilled thousands of gallons of liquid food waste in the Great Barrier Reef in August, according to an ongoing investigation by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority -- potentially damaging a reef already plagued by pollution and coral bleaching.
Mass coral bleaching has altered the behaviour of species such as butterflyfish, a finding that identifies an early signal that fish populations are in trouble, researchers say.
Coral bleaching events breed apathy among reef fish, according to a new study.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority report says food waste and grey water spill occurred on 26 August A P&O cruise ship spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into the Great Barrier Reef marine park in August, a Senate estimates hearing has heard. The Greens senator Larissa Waters told the hearing a report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority – which is investigating the incident – had been supplied to her anonymously. Continue reading...
Creature filmed off east Antartica using technology developed by Australian researchers A deep-sea cucumber known as a “headless chicken monster” has been filmed in the Southern Ocean for the first time using camera technology developed by Australian researchers. The creature was filmed off east Antarctica and it is the first time the species has been seen in the area. Continue reading...
Like millions of Jakartans, Dedi Setiawan lives along one of the city’s 13 rivers, in a village-style neighborhood called a kampung. The area’s unpaved paths are jammed with people selling snacks and cell phone credits out of carts, residents hang laundry out to dry between bamboo shacks and small brick homes, and the river crossing is a wooden boat pulled along a wire strung between the banks. Life along Jakarta’s rivers can be challenging. The city faces some of the worst flooding problems of any major urban area in the world, in part because those 13 rivers, often swollen by monsoon rains, drain into a dense urban area that’s rapidly sinking below sea level. In 2013, rising waters sent Setiawan scrambling to the second floor of his house, and during the flood, he couldn’t get in touch with...
It's been a little over eight months since the shooting that took 17 people’s lives in Parkland. At a roundtable in Coral Springs City Hall on Wednesday, alumni, parents and students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School expressed how they are still feeling. "All I’m ever asked is 'how are you, how is everything going?'" Sarah Strickler, 15, told the room. "The only thing I’m doing is surviving - I can’t do anything else." Strickler was at school at Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14. As she spoke about her friends that she misses, like Jaime Guttenberg, most people around the room quietly cried. Strickler and 10 others participated in a roundtable on gun violence solutions with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and South Florida Congressman Ted Deutch. "We're not taking no for an answer, we are...
About 10 Blacktip Reef Sharks were sighted on Maya Bay in Krabi as park officials strive to restore the ecosystem of the damaged tourist site. — Nopparat Thara Beach-Phi Phi Islands National Park
A coastal city in California is vowing to challenge state officials if they try to remove oceanfront homes to save beaches from rising seas.
From Venice and tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mediterranean basin are deeply threatened by rising sea levels, researchers warned Tuesday. All but two of 49 UN-recognised icons of human civilisation rimming the Mediterranean Sea risk being damaged by the rising watermark, soil erosion, or both.
On the eastern coast of Gibraltar, steep cliffs conceal a network of caves containing artwork...
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Corals are threatened by changing ocean conditions
Biosphere 2 is now a University of Arizona site where researchers from around the world can study everything from the effects of the ocean's acidification on coral to ways of ensuring food security.
Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blamed the rush to grant almost half a billion dollars to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in one hit on then Treasurer Scott Morrison and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann.
New Jersey is working on a plan to better protect its coast and inland waterways from the effects of sea-level rise and severe storms.
The ecology of the famed Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island in Krabi is making a gradual recovery with the number of corals and sightings of reef sharks off the coast on the upswing, according to Chongkhlai Wongphongsathon, deputy director-general of the Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP).
A South Carolina county is getting new flood maps for the first time in 14 years, but it's possible they're already out of date.
An ambulance official says a fisherman has been bitten on an arm by a shark that he had hooked and was attempting to haul on to his boat on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
If you want a coral reef, the Bahamas-based startup Coral Vita is the place to go. They'll grow you one 50 times faster than Mother Nature could. The first clients are already on board. We spoke to one of the founders.
An El Niño is due to emerge at any moment, bringing severe weather including storms, fewer clouds, soaring daytime temperatures and lower-than-average rainfall.
Wyss Institute's forays into soft robots and robotics have borne ripe, yielding fruit in the shape of a soft robotic arm fit for use on submarines to handle delicate marine life like coral, jellyfish and octopuses. This isn't the Harvard institute's first, but its latest iteration moves with "unprecedented dexterity."..
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Algae on the reefs make a sound when they produce gas bubbles.
Thursday: Deforestation continues in Great Barrier Reef catchment. Plus: Republicans condemn US president for mocking Christine Blasey Ford Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 4 October. Continue reading...
Miami artist Xavier Cortada acknowledges home ownership has its challenges. Neighbors with poor taste in exterior paint colors, for instance. But, "there's something more menacing than having a neighbor with a bright lime green coat of paint on their home," Cortada says. "An ocean. The rising sea." Cortada is a Miami native and artist-in-residence at Pinecrest Gardens. He calls sea-level rise "the crisis of our time," and much of his art focuses on a central question: What is Miami's response? He's working on a new project: an "Underwater Homeowners Association" in partnership with the Village of Pinecrest . Six thousand Pinecrest households will be invited to participate by putting up special markers -- yard signs with their homes' elevations -- during Art Basel week in December. Read more:...
Investigating how marsh management practices affect carbon storage
PM says he and Mathias Cormann were responsible for awarding the money to foundation in one year Scott Morrison has said he and the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, were responsible for the government’s decision to give $444m to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in one year. At a doorstop in Perth on Monday the prime minister said that the pair, as the Coalition’s economic team before the 2018 budget, had worked out “the best way to do [the grant] financially”, and argued it was the right decision because it helped the reef without “blowing the budget”. Continue reading...
As the Radar Altimetry Symposium in the Azores draws to a close, Anny Cazenave joins ESA web TV to explain how satellite altimeters show that sea-level rise is accelerating
Even after being severely damaged by blast fishing and coral mining, coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large scales using a relatively inexpensive technique, according to a study led by the University of California, Davis, in partnership with Mars Symbioscience.
September 27, 2018 11:22 AM SYDNEY (AFP) - A row is raging over Australia's warming-damaged Great Barrier Reef, with firms worried that scientists' apocalyptic warnings are scaring visitors out of the water.
Every year, more than two million snorkel-wielding tourists head to Australia's famed coral ecosystem, generating revenues of $4.3 billion and supporting 64,000 local jobs. But damage done by higher temperatures has threatened to put a break on the number of tourists willing to wrestle their way into a wetsuit.
The $443.4 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was intended to be a 'trial case' to see if non-profit groups could be used to deliver 'big government programs', documents released to a Senate inquiry show.
This week the Google Pixel 3’s Live Wallpaper collection leaked, and one shows the Mololo Barrier Reef. When the wallpaper is loaded to an Android smartphone properly, a tiny white boat can be seen. In the Live Wallpaper version of this image, this little boat drives around the screen, moving in and out of the reef, all cute-like. Having sought … Continue reading
Emails tabled in Senate inquiry recommended ‘trade-offs’ to Great Barrier Reef Foundation Great Barrier Reef scientists were told they would need to make “trade-offs” to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, including focusing on projects that would look good for the government and encourage more corporate donations, emails tabled in the Senate reveal. The documents, including cabinet briefing notes, contain significant new details about the workings of the foundation and the government decision to award it a $443m gran t, including: Continue reading...
A California city already feeling the effects of sea-level rise will get help monitoring how much water is flowing ashore.
We might get more 'exotic' if we dial down on the 'extinction'.
Experts describe discovery of blackmouth catsharks as ‘David Attenborough stuff’ The largest shark nursery to have been found in Irish waters has been discovered among cold-water coral reefs 200 miles west of Ireland. A remotely operated vehicle surveying the deep ocean floor revealed thousands of egg cases, popularly known as “mermaid’s purses”, deposited on coral skeletons at depths of up to 750 metres (2,500ft). Continue reading...
If you’re not sure what to do with your yard signs now that the midterm elections are over, a South Florida artist has a suggestion for you. Visual artist Xavier Cortada is leading a project to turn political yard signs into markers showing how high people’s homes are above sea level. The goal is to bring people together following the divisive 2018 midterms, and to raise awareness of how sea-level rise can impact South Florida -- everything from property values to insurance rates to tidal flooding and contamination of drinking water. "I want these political signs to be gestures of our civility," said Cortada, the artist-in-residence at Pinecrest Gardens in south Miami-Dade. He’s asking people to take their yard signs and paint over the candidates’ names with white paint -- the color of melting...
A tiny island off the coast of northern Japan has disappeared. The uninhabited islet, called Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, was believed to be located about 1,640 feet from a village called Sarufutsu, near Hokkaido. It was originally believed to sit approximately 4½ feet above sea level and could be easily spotted from the northern area of...
The hot start to November may be a taste of the summer to come with meteorologists watching a Pacific Ocean that is being primed for an El Nino event.
Pocillopora damicornis -- one of the most abundant and widespread reef-building corals in the world -- may help us better understand how anthozoans deal with stress.
Researchers from the University of Miami found that a common coral species might have evolved unique immune strategies to cope with environmental change.
In an attempt to protect the coral reefs that divers so admire they have dubbed them the underwater Serengeti, the Pacific nation of Palau will soon ban many types of sunscreen.
The Pacific archipelago of Palau has become the first nation to ban sunscreens that some researchers believe are killing off coral reefs and damaging marine environments. In a law passed this week, Palau defines the banned "reef-toxic" sunscreens as containing any one of 10 chemicals, including oxybenzone and octinoxate , which are found in the majority of sunscreens sold in the U.S., according to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association . The nation of over 500 islands and around 21,000 people in the Micronesia region of the western Pacific Ocean has in the past taken steps to protect its biodiversity, which greatly contributes to tourism — its main economic driver. Retailers who break the ban will face fines of $1,000. "This short but important bill has the potential to make a lasting...
From 2020, lotions containing any of 10 chemicals linked to coral bleaching will be outlawed The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban “reef-toxic” sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals. Palau, which lies in the north-west Pacific, east of the Philippines and directly north of Australia, is regarded as one of the world’s best diving destinations, but the government is concerned its popularity is coming at a cost. Continue reading...
The Japanese coastguard is searching for an island that has gone missing off Hokkaido.
The island of Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, which was formally named in 2014 by Tokyo in an effort to reinforce its legal control over hundreds of outlying islands and extend its exclusive economic zone, appears to have sunk without trace.
It was last the subject of a formal survey in 1987, when records indicated its high point was approximately 1.4 metres above the average sea level, the Asahi newspaper...
KOROR, Palau: The tiny Pacific island nation of Palau will ban "reef-toxic" sunscreens from 2020 in what it claims is a world-first initiative to stop chemical pollution killing its famed corals.
A world-renowned coral reef research centre missed out on funding to groups proposing the study of the "digital child", "creative aging" and the Enlightenment despite an external review finding its plan to be "revolutionary".
Gates was director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and a strong advocate for coral conservation.
Close to the Mariana Trench and nearly three miles below sea level, scientists found evidence of an underwater eruption that was only months old.
The Gelmerbahn funicular in Bern, Switzerland, was the steepest in Europe until the opening of the Stoosbahn in Schwyz last year. It takes tourists 6,000 feet above sea level to or from the Gelmersee Lake.
If you go snorkeling off the coast of Fiji in the south Pacific, you'll run into gorgeous coral reefs full of color, sound and texture. There are big boulder-like corals, branching spiky corals, fish darting around every bend and the crackling sound of reef creatures at work. “There’s a lot of space for things to hide in and there’s just a huge amount of biodiversity there,” says Danielle Dixson, a coral reef ecologist at Georgia Tech. But as Dixson watches a video from the reef, it cuts to another patch of coral that's eerily quiet, with none of the trademark pops and crackles. A field of sand and coral rubble is broken up by brown algae waving in the current. “[It’s] extremely degraded,” Dixson says. “There’s hardly any coral. A lot of the fish just aren’t there.” The two places look worlds...
Study tracks severe bleaching events on a Pacific coral reef
Bloomberg Philanthropies to launch major grant for coastal communities to improve the health of oceans Millions of pounds’ worth of funding to tackle global overfishing and protect coral reefs will be announced at a major conference in Indonesia this week. Politicians, marine experts and philanthropists will convene in Bali at the Our Ocean conference on Monday to agree commitments on how to address the pressures facing our oceans , including rising sea temperatures, unsustainable fishing practices, marine pollution and coral bleaching . Continue reading...
That Australia's Great Barrier Reef is in serious trouble is no longer subject to debate, but the best way to deal with the problem very much is. An all-out assault on coral predators, giant fans to combat rising sea temperatures and recycling dead corals are all proposals being put on the table. The latest to emerge involves robots playing the role of "the stork" and distributing coral larvae across the Reef to promote new growth...
Continue Reading Robots to play "stork" and plant coral larvae around the Great Barrier Reef
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Without even giving them freezer burn.
The new research suggests we could preserve diverse coral larvae for decades.
One of the world's premier coral reef research centres has failed to secure Australian funding as the Great Barrier Reef faces another bout of bleaching.
US oceanographic agency forecasts 60% chance of extreme heat stress and bleaching Mass bleaching and coral death could be likely along the entire Great Barrier Reef this summer, according to a long-range forecast that coral experts say is “a wake-up call” for the Australian government. The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) has forecast a 60% chance that the entire Great Barrier Reef will reach alert level one, which signals extreme heat stress and bleaching are likely. Continue reading...
Around 90 miles of coastline around England may have to be sacrificed as it will not be financially viable to save it. Areas around the country at risk of major erosion include the Lancashire coastline.
For seniors in South Florida and across the country, this time of year can be particularly stressful. Deadlines are looming for college applications, especially for those students applying early. To further complicate the process, applying to college has changed drastically in recent years. Among the changes are digitized applications, greater competition, and schools adopting a more holistic approach to their admissions process. On Thursday, Sundial answered parents' and students' questions about applying to college. Guests were: Coral Reef High School CAP advisor Louise Gilman; Dr. Octavio Ramos, President of Dr. O. Ramos & Associates Tutoring and College Prep Services; and Dave Marcus, the author of “Acceptance: A Legendary Counselor Helps Seven Kids Find the Right Colleges—and Find Themselves.”...
Sea-level rise is beginning to impact everyday life for some neighborhoods in South Florida: roads flood, insurance prices rise, and cities and counties ask voters to help pay for adaptation projects. There may soon be impacts to the Internet . But the water's rising only millimeters at a time. And the majority of people here don't experience serious flooding. That's why scientists, policymakers and non-profits worried about the region's future are trying to figure out how to get more South Floridians to care. One idea? Having "citizen scientists" help with research on the rising sea. On Saturday, Florida International University is hosting a "Sea Level Solutions Day" in Miami-Dade County. The public is invited to help FIU researchers collect water samples and take photographs of King Tide...
A town hall in Wynwood on Monday night involved an issue that has flooded the minds and neighborhoods of many South Florida residents—rising sea waters. The event, hosted by WLRN, was open to the public and featured artists, scientists, and policymakers who spoke about the threat of sea level rise in South Florida and what communities can do in response to it. It was a conversation attendees said they were eager to have. But one area that was not up for debate was the science. Benjamin Kirtman, an atmospheric scientist from the University of Miami, Director of NOAA’s Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Studies and one of the panelists of the event, said that in order to discuss sea level rise, people must account for climate change. WATCH: WLRN'S Sea-Level Rise Town Hall “There’s a little a...
How much do you know about sea-level rise? How severe is the threat? And what are communities in South Florida doing to deal with higher waters? On Monday night from 6-8 p.m., WLRN is hosting a town hall exploring the fundamentals of sea-level rise. The event is open to the public and will feature artists, scientists, policymakers and reporters talking about the threat from the rising sea and what individuals, neighborhoods and communities can do in response. Tickets are now sold out, but you can still join us starting at 6 p.m. via a livestream video on WLRN's Facebook page . Read more: Pinecrest Is Getting An "Underwater Homeowners Association" To Help Respond To Sea-Level Rise
[The Herald] Government is consistently monitoring the country's food security situation with 10 percent of public expenditure having been set aside to fund drought mitigation efforts and avert the effects of El Nino, Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement Minister Perrance Shiri has said.
A mesmerizing deep-sea dancer by the name of Enypniastes eximia is enjoying a moment in the limelight after being filmed in the Southern Ocean off East Antarctica for what officials describe as the first time in that region. The footage of the sea cucumber, which is colloquially referred to as the “headless chicken…Read more...
October 20, 2018 5:00 AM Tourists can take a walk on the wild side with yellowtail fusiliers swimming around their feet at the Moore Reef, around 40km east of the city of Cairns in Australia.
It's a good idea to protect your skin with sunscreen when you're out on the water. But protecting reefs means giving up some of the most common sunscreens that can harm corals. Studies have found that some ingredients, especially oxybenzone and octinoxate, are harmful even in very small quantities . That's why Reef Relief, a Key West environmental group, has launched a Responsible Sunscreen campaign aimed at consumers and businesses. "Basically that just urges people to choose sunscreens that don't have toxic chemicals in it that are bad for our ocean, bad for our corals and also bad for our body as well," said Alex Risius, Reef Relief's associate program director. For now, the campaign is a voluntary appeal to consumers and businesses to stop using and selling sunscreens with the harmful chemicals...
A school of Blacktip Reef Sharks have been seen swimming in Maya Bay, boosting park officials' hopes as they try to restore the damaged ecosystem of the famed tourist destination.
From Venice and the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the medieval city of Rhodes, dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Mediterranean basin are ...
UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean Sea are at risk of flooding and coastal erosion from rising sea levels by the year 2100, scientists at Kiel University in Germany show.
( Oxford University Press USA ) A new study in the journal Behavioral Ecology suggests that higher water temperature, which increases the aggressiveness of some fish, could lead to better protection of some coral.
Valérie Chamberland swims like a dolphin, quickly and fluidly, and for most of the past hour she has been darting through the warm, shallow water off the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Now, she is dangling upside down, hovering above a pillow-sized brain coral. Her rubber fins twitch steadily overhead, and as she sips air from the aluminum tank on her back, a stream of bubbles rises from her regulator’s mouthpiece.
The reef spread below Chamberland isn’t one of those flashy, fluor
October 12, 2018 5:00 AM HONG KONG • As Hong Kong recovers from one of the strongest typhoons in decades, a controversial plan to build a vast artificial island is facing intense scrutiny from environmental groups and academics, who say it will be vulnerable to rising sea levels and storms.
Jorge Pérez has built hundreds of condominiums in South Florida since the last housing market collapse. In fact, he has built thousands of condos in his career. They have fueled a multi-billion dollar fortune for him and reshaped the region’s skyline. His company, The Related Group, is not putting shovels in the ground right now though. He thinks real estate in South Florida is coming in for a soft landing, but not because the American economy is softening. "I think, from a condominium point of view, we are at a soft landing," he said. WLRN's Sunshine Economy spoke with Pérez at one of his newest condominium developments, Paraiso Bay. It is part of a four-building complex on Biscayne Bay in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood. WLRN: What is contributing, in your estimation, to the sustainability...
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: A new climate report commissioned by the United Nations paints a pretty dire picture for the year 2040 - high food shortages, wildfires, droughts, rising sea levels, poverty and massive destruction to coral reefs. Previous research predicted these effects if the Earth warms by 2 degrees Celsius. But this report finds the consequences could actually come much sooner, when the Earth warms by 1 1/2 degrees Celsius, which is on track to happen in just about 20 years. The U.N. included data from over 6,000 scientific studies. And one of those studies came from the nonprofit think tank Climate Interactive, where Andrew Jones is the co-founder. Welcome. ANDREW JONES: Thank you. Thank you, Ailsa. CHANG: So let me just make this clear. This report...
IPCC report makes clear that world will see greater sea level rise, higher frequency of droughts, floods and heatwaves.
Certain chemicals in sunscreen products are to blame for the death of more than half of the corals at the famed Maya Bay on Phi Phi Island in Krabi, said Songtham Suksawang, director of the National Park Office.
Amanda Leigh Lichtenstein Zipping toward Zanzibar’s spectacular beaches on the rambling, pitted roads heading southeast from Stone Town, Zanzibar City, it’s easy to miss the turn down the narrow passage. Near the village of Bungi, down a rarely-tread path covered in a canopy of mango trees that reach across the road like clasped hands, one finds the palatial ruins by the sea of a mansion built by Bi. (meaning Lady) Khole, a rebel princess who never married or had children and ran her own clove business. But it’s worth the turn. Walking through the sun-soaked ruins of Khole’s 19th century coral-rock mansion conjures up the grandeur and power of Zanzibar’s royal past. The Sultans of Oman ruled the archipelago of Zanzibar along the Indian Ocean in East Africa as far back as the late 17th...
Cities around the world including London (pictured) face the threat of flooding as rising sea levels add to existing problems, according to a report.
October 04, 2018 2:17 AM Since 2010, the sporadic population booms of native, coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish (Cots) have been affecting the survival of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – but help is at hand. RangerBot, an underwater drone unveiled in August, is touted as the latest weapon to hunt and kill the marauding sea stars. It is a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Google and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. Infographics journalist Lim Yong dives in for a peek at this “silent assassin”, the world’s first underwater robotic system designed specifically for coral reef environments.
Clearing of forests in reef catchment zone show Australia a global deforestation hotspot, campaigners say New official data shows clearing of forests near and along the Great Barrier Reef continued despite Australian government pledges to protect the natural wonder, with at least 152,000 hectares felled in 2016-17 alone. Forests covering 770,000ha – an area about three times the size of the Australian Capital Territory – in the reef catchment zone have been bulldozed over the past five years. The area cleared last year was larger in size than that covered by new re-growth. Continue reading...
A California beach city promised yesterday to challenge the state if it seeks to impose "managed retreat" as rising seas erode the shoreline and threaten homes.
A powerful California agency wants to draw a line in the sand over sea walls and homeowners' rights to keep their properties as the ocean rises.
The remarkable new discovery dates back to more than a century ago – researchers believe the whaling ship Nova Zembla hit a reef off the coast of Baffin Bay and sank in the fjord in 1902.
EXCLUSIVE: At least 10,400 sharks have been caught by deadly 'drumline' traps since 2001, most of which were harmless to humans, say animal-welfare campaigners.
By including models of dynamical physical processes such as erosion and wave run-up, a team of researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) and the Hawai'i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) determined that land area in Hawai'i vulnerable to future sea level rise may be double previous estimates. The study was published today in the Nature journal, Scientific Reports.
Every year, more than two million snorkel-wielding tourists head to Australia's famed coral ecosystem, generating revenues of $4.3-billion
September 27, 2018 5:00 AM Kidney stones, the painful urinary deposits that affect more than 10 per cent of people worldwide, are surprisingly dynamic, forming much like microscopic coral reefs, according to new research.
The outlook for early decent rains that would ease the drought and elevated bushfire risks over eastern Australia is dimming even as the chance of an El Nino appears to be receding, climate models suggest.
Underwater nurseries offer glimmer of hope for endangered ecosystems, encouraging growth of coral fragments on fibreglass structures anchored to the seabed As an ocean early warning system, coral reefs have been sounding the alarm for years. They have been bleached white by marine heatwaves and killed off en masse by a combination of factors including pollution, overfishing, acidification and climate change. But now scientists in Florida, and other tropical locations worldwide, are attempting to stop the rot by creating coral “nurseries” in which young populations can be raised in controlled conditions before being planted on denuded reefs. Continue reading...
A farmer has recalled his horror at being attacked by a shark. Timoci Ratusaki who is in his mid-30’s, was attacked by a shark at the Bai-ni-vualiku reef (Great Sea