To slow the speed at which high temperatures and warm waters bleach the corals of the Great Barrier Reef, Australian scientists are spraying droplets of ocean water into the sky to form clouds to protect the environmental treasure.Researchers working on the so-called Cloud Brightening project said they use a turbine to spray microscopic sea particles to thicken existing clouds and reduce sunlight on the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem located off Australia’s northeast coast.The water…
This is the fifth Ocean State Report published by the Copernicus Marine Service, using a combination of satellite observations and ocean direct measurements around the world.
With the rollout of the 48th layer of compact concrete, raising the temple foundation to 107m above sea level, the fortified Ramjanmabhoomi premises was showcased for the first time on Thursday by the Temple Trust, which declared completion of the first phase of construction. Officials of the Trust confirmed that with a robust foundation in place, the Ram temple’s sanctum sanctorum will be thrown open to pilgrims by December 2023, just months before the Lok Sabha polls.
Residents of Coral Harbour, Nunavut, are being warned that a walrus has recently tested positive for trichinella. If meat is infected and eaten raw, it could cause people and animals to get sick.
China’s military has protested after a US warship sailed into waters around the disputed Chinese-occupied Mischief Reef in the South China Sea.The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) Southern Theatre Command said that the US guided-missile destroyer USS Benfold had on Wednesday entered what it called China’s territorial waters near the reef, in the disputed Spratly Islands, without the approval of the Beijing government.Beijing has introduced a regulation requiring notification from foreign…
Squids aren’t known for good parenting, mostly because they usually die after mating, but male bigfin reef squid check nests for potential predators and warn other males to stay away
Underground trains are incredibly susceptible to flooding from climate-driven extreme rain and sea level rise. Cities around the world are racing to adapt their transit systems.
Around a dozen animals were lifted by helicopter to the Klausenpass mountain pass, still around 6,400ft above sea level, on Friday. The fit livestock from the 1,000-strong herd walked down the mountainside.
Scientists found the widest coral in the Great Barrier Reef, a 34-foot wide structure nicknamed 'Muga dhamb.' It's over 17' tall and believed to be 421-438 years old, predating Australia's colonization.
Indian coastal areas will face a sea level rise of 0.1 metre to 0.3 metre in the next two to three decades due to global warming, with Bhavnagar in Gujarat facing a rise of 0.22 metres that may submerge vast low-lying areas, a projection by Nasa has said.
[East African] Nestled between Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro is the Arusha National Park. It is dominated by Meru, 4,566 metres above sea level, the second highest mountain in Tanzania.
Extreme sea level events that previously occurred once in 100 years could happen every year by the end of this century, the latest IPCC report on climate change said on Monday with scientists warning that sea level rise, floods, heavy rainfall and glacier melting are some of the irreversible effects.
The government on Wednesday banned sunscreens containing chemicals that damage coral reefs in marine national parks.
Plastic pollution combined with ocean acidification hinders the development of Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean, research published today (4 August 2021) in Marine Frontiers reveals. Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) …
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[Government of Mauritius] A certificate award ceremony for participants having completed the Coral Culture Training Programme (CCTP) was held, today, at the Village Hall of Bel Ombre. Some 20 participants, comprising mainly coastal community members and fishers, received their certificates on this occasion. Award of certificate ceremonies will also be held in other localities for a total of 105 participants.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee announced Friday that it will not list the Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger,' it is asking for reports on how it will be protected moving forward.
BRISBANE, Australia (AFP) - After years of climate-worsened damage to its vibrant corals, Australia's vast Great Barrier Reef could this week be added to UNESCO's list of endangered World Heritage sites.Along with six other sites globally that are grappling with issues like ecological damage, overdevelopment, overtourism or security concerns, the reef's fate is being considered at a meeting in China, with a decision on the listing likely to be announced on Friday.There are more than 1,100 UNESCO World Heritage sites worldwide recognised for their "outstanding universal value" and natural or cultural importance.The Great Barrier Reef - the world's largest living structure, visible from space - was added to the list in 1981 for its "superlative natural beauty" and extensive biodiversity.But the...
Twitter/Vigili del Fuoco At least one person is dead and four are seriously injured after a commuter minibus careened through a guardrail and tumbled about 20 feet down an embankment landing between a cliff base and beach establishment on the busy Italian tourist island of Capri . Several of the injured were on the ground and struck by flying debris. Several people reportedly fled the busy road, which is the only thoroughfare from the port of Marina Grande to the city center some 700 feet above sea level. Images of the accident show the bus turned upside down leaning against the shower cubicles of the beach establishment which was packed on a scorching summer day. Read more at The Daily Beast.
Rising sea levels are an increasing threat to coastal properties around the country, but who pays when the flooding becomes constant and insurance companies baulk at the cost? By Peter Griffin.
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A top Chinese official said Sunday that political tensions between Beijing and Australia were not behind a Unesco recommendation to place the Great Barrier Reef on its endangered list.Deputy education minister Tian Xuejun is chairing this year’s meeting of the United Nations’ cultural agency’s heritage committee, which comes after years of worsening relations between China and Australia.The Great Barrier Reef, which stretches 2,300km (1,400 miles), has been put on a list of World Heritage sites…
The Chinese host of this year’s meeting of the U.N. World Heritage Committee is defending its proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” against Australian government suspicion that China influenced the finding for political reasons
The world heritage committee of the UN’s cultural agency Unesco on Friday began debatingits list of World Heritage Sites, with Australia and Britain furious over looming changes to the status of the Great Barrier Reef and the historic docks in the city of Liverpool.On the plus side, nearly 50 sites could be added to the more than 1,100 listed worldwide by Unesco as World Heritage during two weeks of online meetings hosted by China in the southeastern city of Fuzhou. Among the sites being…
Nasa has warned that a "wobble" in the moon's orbit and rising sea levels will start "a decade of dramatic increases in flood numbers" in the 2030s.It says that every coast in the United States will face rapidly increasing high...
[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Sheck Abdul Sherif, a Ph.D. Candidate within the School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast, has won a Research Grant to conduct research that would assess the impact of ocean acidification and climate change on the fishery sector, particularly coastal fishing communities in Liberia.
The BBC's Howard Johnson gained rare access to the disputed coral reef in the South China Sea.
The reef shark population has declined nearly three-fold for nearly 7,000 years, due in part to human activities, as well as a loss of habitat and prey, a new study said.
The Egyptian Environment Ministry on Friday fined Tanzanian oil service boat “MEHR” US$108,000 after it ran aground inside Gabal Elba national park south of the Red Sea, three nautical miles from the shore. A statement from the Ministry said that the boat destroyed an area of coral reefs, causing damage to the marine environment in …
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Researchers investigate the viability of an ocean intervention-based process known as ocean alkalinity enhancement, which could help offset the effects of ocean acidification while helping the ocean sequester carbon. But a big question looms: How would marine life respond?
Lab-grown cells from the reef-building coral Acropora tenuis provide new opportunities to study bleaching, symbioses, and biomineralization.
[IPS] Maryland, USA -- On the Global Reef Expedition - the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition in history - scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation traveled to the Chagos Archipelago to study some of the most remote coral reefs on Earth.
A number of factors could have brought down the condo - sea level rise, sinking soil, corrosion and human error among them, experts told USA TODAY.
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Climate-change-driven sea level rise means more communities will need to move - but planning ahead could preserve what is most important and give families choices
China's hypocritical stance on pushing UNESCO to strip Australia's Great Barrier Reef of its world heritage status is contrasted by the nation destroying coral reefs in the South China Sea.
The Australian government lashed out at the UN and blamed China over a move to put the Great Barrier Reef on a list of endangered world heritage sites.Unesco's World Heritage Committee on Tuesday recommended that one of Australia's...
Federal regulators have signed off on new protections for thousands of square miles of deep-sea corals off New England.
The Great Barrier Reef should be added to a list of World Heritage Sites that are "in danger," a United Nations panel said on Tuesday, drawing an angry response from Australia, which called the recommendation politically motivated.
Beijing has been secretly plotting with a China-chaired United Nations committee to have the environmental health status of Australia's Great Barrier Reef downgraded.
Divers have removed a huge discarded fishing net that blanketed a large area of coral reef off the Pattani coast, and replanted the worst damaged area with young coral, the Royal Thai Navy announced on Monday.
These scientists are teaming up with American heroes to save the ocean. Force Blue is protecting the planet one coral at a time.
Researchers found that gray reef sharks in French Polynesia can save energy by surfing the updrafts of the currents in the area.
The sharks, located in Fakarava Atoll, can save up to 15 percent.
Marine biologists are investigating a mystery skin disease afflicting whitetip reef sharks in Malaysia, with some early reports suggesting rising sea temperatures could be to blame.Named for the distinctive white tips on their fins, whitetip reef sharks are typically found resting in schools around reefs in the day and are a popular attraction for divers. They become active at night to hunt for small fish and other animals.Pictures of one of the sharks with what appeared to be spots and lesions…
Without its icy restraint holding it back from the ocean, the Pine Island glacier could dramatically add to sea level rise.
National Geographic announced that it's officially recognizing the body of water surrounding the Antarctic as the Southern Ocean.
[Tunis Afrique Presse] Tunis/Tunisia -- Tunisia is working in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and several Mediterranean countries to preserve red coral in the Mediterranean through a research programme aimed at collecting all data on existing coral populations and threatened species and setting up a scientific database on red coral in the Nostrum Sea.
The island will protect the port from rising sea levels and house around 35,000 people.
Eric Meola/Getty The Hoh Rainforest located in Washington State’s Olympic National Park is a pretty magical place. Bordering the Pacific Ocean, the rainforest region of the peninsula is filled with deciduous old-growth, moss-laden forests that sparkle amidst the infamous drizzle of the Pacific Northwest. While hiking, you can hear the crunch of a twig beneath your boots, and each drop of rain individually splattering into molecules as it returns to the sponge-like soil below. It’s so quiet and peaceful in fact, that it may be the quietest place in the continental United States. In the late 1990 s, Gordon Hempton, an Emmy-winning sound engineer, traveled the world, searching for some of the quietest places ever. He found it and in 2005, dropped a red rock, marking the tiny corner the One...
A highly infectious coral disease that's been known to take out entire reefs was found last week for the first time in Florida's Dry Tortugas National Park, alarming the scientists who hoped it wouldn't reach the protected reefs.
Coral species that survived mass bleaching events can thrive when transplanted to new environments in warmer waters, giving hope that tough coral can restore bleached reef populations.
Hotter oceans are putting coral reefs in peril worldwide. Scientists are warning that to save them, heat-trapping emissions must fall, and reefs will need more protection and restoration.
At least 13 people died and three were seriously injured on Sunday when a cable car linking Italy’s scenic Lake Maggiore with a nearby mountain in the Alps plunged 20 metres to the ground, local officials and rescuers said.The Stresa-Mottarone cable car takes tourists and locals from the town on Lake Maggiore, almost 1,400 metres above sea level to the top of the Mottarone mountain in 20 minutes.“We are devastated, in pain,” Marcella Severino, Stresa’s mayor told national broadcaster RAI, while…
Facial recognition technology isn’t just for humans. In Hong Kong, it is now being embraced to protect an endangered species of coral reef fish.In a world first, researchers at the University of Hong Kong have created a facial recognition app to identify individual humphead wrasse fish. The highly prized fish – listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species since 2004 – is considered a delicacy among affluent diners in Hong Kong and…
Florida — one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea-level rise — will spend hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years to protect against coastal flooding under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Wednesday.
Single-cell RNA sequencing helps to catalog the dozens of cell types present in a stony coral, including its elusive immune cells.
Research by the James Cook University in Queensland found coral reefs are under severe threat from carbon dioxide emissions.
One of Hong Kong’s largest fast-food chains has contacted police over “absolutely unfounded and untrue” online rumours claiming its restaurants were refusing entry to domestic helpers from the Philippines based on Covid-19 concerns.Facebook messages circulating online accused Café de Coral of racism by turning away the helpers from its branches, and also alleged that Hong Kong was supporting China in shifting the blame for the coronavirus crisis onto foreign workers.No evidence was offered in…
The amount of sea level rise coastal cities are facing in the coming century from melting ice could be roughly halved if the world meets the Paris Agreement’s toughest goal of holding global warming to 1.5°C
If world leaders and policy makers can't find a way to reduce emissions and limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius, new models suggest runaway Antarctic ice losses will trigger dramatic sea level rise.
Indonesia's Spermonde Archipelago is home to one of the world's most threatened coral reef, but, scientists used new technology to regrow nearly 50% of the reef in just three years.
New lab experiments have shed light on the ability of corals in the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba to survive rising ocean temperatures.
Nature, Published online: 24 September 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-02409-6Australia–Fiji collaboration matches community needs with reef protection.
A Canadian-led team of scientists has concluded that tropical coral reefs that feed millions around the world have lost about half their ability to support human communities since 1950.
Corals are full of symbiotic organisms but biologists have found a new form of microbe that doesn't seem to benefit its hosts
Emergency teams spent 12 hours rescuing the crew from a boat (pictured) that was stranded off the coast of Jersey. The motor cruiser collided with an underwater reef and got stuck on top of a rock.
JN Bank executive Steve Distant shared his own experience with COVID-19 as he encouraged the island's teachers who have not yet been vaccinated to take the jab."I had every single symptom you could think about, such as headaches, loss of taste and smell, as well as breathing challenges," Distant, who had contracted COVID-19 last year, said in address at the recently concluded Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) 57th Annual Conference held at Ocean Coral Springs Hotel in Trelawny.Describing his battle with the virus as the most difficult and scariest two weeks of his life, Distant said now that he has been vaccinated, he feels more confident about going into public spaces, knowing that if he should contract COVID-19 again he will have a much better chance of not being severely ill and surviving...
The South Florida house that gangster Al Capone owned for nearly two decades, and died in, is facing demolition.The Miami Herald reported on Thursday that the new owners of the nine-bedroom, Miami Beach house plan to demolish it after buying it for US$10.75 million this summer.One of the owners, developer Todd Glaser, told the Herald the home, which is about 3ft (one metre) below sea level, has flood damage and standing water underneath it. The new owners plan to build a two-storey modern home…
Several years ago, a mysterious coral disease began decimating the Florida Reef. The only way to save the animals from extinction? An unprecedented mission to relocate them to facilities across the country.
California lawmakers introduced more than a dozen sea level rise bills this year — a political awakening experts say came not a moment too soon.
A 10-metre-wide coral found by citizen scientists in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the widest ever found on the reef, and it is more than four centuries old
Coral reefs around the world are threatened by warming temperatures which cause them to bleach – but they might get some relief through probiotics
Ladbrokes and Coral owner Entain saw much of its growth come through online gambling, with high street bookies remaining closed due to Covid restrictions.
Sunscreen products with chemical compounds that are harmful to coral are now prohibited from being used in Thai marine national parks, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said on Wednesday.
Anyone flouting the rules could be fined due to the damage some lotions can cause to coral.
A book on coral reefs you don't want to miss out on.
Noah Kane, 22, is an avid climber who films his climbs in the northeast United States. Kane can be seen climbing - and descending - The Eaglet in New Hampshire which is 2,422ft above sea level.
After more than a decade, President Xi Jinping returned to Lhasa on Thursday, leading a delegation to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the administrative and religious capital of the Tibet autonomous region.State news agency Xinhua said on Friday that Xi arrived in the city – one of the highest in the world at an altitude of 3,656 metres (12,000 feet) above sea level, after first visiting Nyingchi in the south of the region a day earlier.In video footage shared on Chinese social…
The federal government is awaiting a decision by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee that could label the Great Barrier Reef an endangered natural site.
The Chinese host of this year's meeting of the United Nations World Heritage Committee has defended the body's proposal to label the Great Barrier Reef as "in danger" against Australia's suspicion that China influenced the finding...
( Frontiers ) The climate crisis will lead to changes in distribution and habitat loss of stony corals in the tropical Atlantic, shows a new study published by the open access publisher Frontiers. The loss of such coral species could have devastating consequences for the marine ecosystems they inhabit. The results of the study highlight an urgent need for coral reef management in the Atlantic.
By 2050, more than 570 cities will be vulnerable to sea-level rise, more than 500 cities will be vulnerable to water shortages, and more than 970 cities will be vulnerable to extreme heat
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Large swathes of apparel-producing areas in Asia will be underwater by 2030, an analysis released on Friday showed, threatening thousands of suppliers with submersion unless they relocate to higher ground.The analysis, which overlaid maps of rising sea levels onto factory locations, warns that the problem of rising sea levels is receiving little attention from those leading sustainability efforts in the sector. The analysis was produced by two Cornell researchers as part of a paper commissioned…
Sea level rise is pushing salt water into coastal forests and killing trees. Citizen scientists are helping document the formation of these ghost forests.
NASA says rising sea levels mixed with the increase of high tides because of the moon's orbit will cause major flooding throughout the U.S. coastline.
Satellite images show hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels anchored in disputed areas of the South China Sea are damaging coral reefs and sensitive marine ecosystems by pumping out tonnes of raw sewage, an American firm has claimed.“When the ships don’t move, the poop piles up,” said Liz Derr, the CEO of Simularity, a firm that specialises in analysing satellite imagery and has been monitoring more than 200 Chinese fishing vessels anchored for months in Philippine-claimed waters near the Spratly…
( University of Plymouth ) Scientists at the University of Plymouth have developed a simple algorithm-based model which accurately predicts how coastlines could be affected by extreme storms and predicted rises in sea levels and - as a result - enables communities to identify the actions they might need to take in order to adapt.
Nature, Published online: 05 July 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01830-1Geologist Nicole Khan examines coastal sediment samples to find out how sea levels have changed over the past 1,000 years.
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Property owners selling homes, hotels, condos and businesses along Hawaii’s coastlines must disclose whether the properties are susceptible to damage from sea level rise under legislation that’s set...
Scientists used a projection of three feet sea level rise to see what climate change has in store and found 410M people will be at risk of rising sea levels - 143M more than currently.
Stable, long-term cell lines will enable scientists to study everything from coral bleaching to biomineralization, knowledge that may help protect corals from ongoing climate change.
On the Global Reef Expedition—the largest coral reef survey and mapping expedition in history—scientists from the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation traveled to the Chagos Archipelago to study some of the most remote coral reefs on Earth. What we found were reefs teeming with life, but also worrying signs of the unfolding coral reef […]
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California is pushing a novel approach to dealing with beachfront houses threatened by rising seas: Buy and rent them out until they're eventually demolished.
Australia said on Tuesday it will strongly oppose a Unesco plan to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” over deterioration caused by climate change.The UN body released a draft report on Monday recommending the reef’s World Heritage status be downgraded because of its dramatic coral decline, after years of public threats to do so.Environmental campaigners said the decision highlighted Australia’s lack of action to curb its carbon emissions which contribute to global warming.Environment…
Canberra lashes out as the UN says the reef should join a list of World Heritage Sites "in danger".
The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the world’s highest and largest, thousands of metres above sea level. But even one of the planet’s most remote and beautiful spots is not immune to garbage; in the region’s Kekexili nature reserve – a Unesco heritage site – humanity’s leftovers are piled up along the national highway.Apparently discarded by long-distance truckers and a deluge of tourists, the literally growing problem is being worsened by a lack of nearby waste handling facilities, according to…
King tides happen when the Earth, Sun and moon align, sometimes creating "sunny day flooding." To understand how sea level rise will change future flood patterns, researchers and citizen scientists are teaming up to map areas that are already impacted.
A viral image compares photos of the same shoreline over time to claim sea levels aren't rising. Experts agree this claim is false.
For people who live along the sandstone shoreline of southeastern New Brunswick, constant erosion and rising sea levels are a fact of life. But as developers push to build closer to the ocean, experts say it's time to better protect the coast.
Village members along the Coral Coast staged a protest at the Votualailai Village yesterday.
National Geographic has recognized the Southern Ocean as the fifth official ocean. The cartographic update doesn't surprise researchers who study the importance of the waters surrounding Antarctica.
West Australian tour guide Warwick Coles has told how he heroically swam out to help a young boy who was bitten by a shark at Coral Bay in the state's north.
[Seychelles News Agency] The Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS) is offering training for people who are interested in volunteering for its coral reef restoration project in Ste Anne Marine Park, after a suggestion made in an online survey.
( IOP Publishing ) New research has shown that by injecting an alkalinizing agent into the ocean along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, it would be possible, at the present rate of anthropogenic carbon emissions, to offset ten years' worth of ocean acidification.
MV Reef Endeavour is now berthed at the Princess Wharf to provide the same duty of care and support to Ministry of Health & Medical Services - Fiji
Helping to protect them would go a long way.
In the highlands near the capital of Peru, more than 3,000 metres above sea level, ageold water recovery techniques are being used to improve access to water for 1,400 families, for household consumption and for crops and livestock. This natural infrastructure project is located in the upper area of the town of San Pedro de […]
( Aarhus University ) A multi-national effort involving scientists from Denmark, Canada, Germany and Japan reports the first-ever direct measurements of mercury deposition in the deepest trenches of the Pacific Ocean, 8 to 10 kilometers under the sea, revealing unprecedented amounts of highly toxic mercury. The high mercury levels may be representative of the collective increase in anthropogenic emissions of mercury into our oceans. On the other hand, ocean trenches may act as a permanent dump.
The renowned brain surgeon went swimming with fishes and whale sharks with Traci Griffiths, 46, at Ningaloo Reef, off the Western Australia coast, in early May.
More than $8bn of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was due to...
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A California oceanfront home described as a "poster child" for managed retreat is poised to secure sea wall protection despite regulators' efforts to block it.
Why is sea level rise so hard? Data, modeling and projection challenges still exist even while we make incremental progress.
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Sea levels along China’s densely populated coastal provinces are rising faster than ever, sending the water line up to 42 metres inland in some places, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources.In an annual report released on late last month, the ministry said sea levels around the country rose an average of 3.4mm (0.13 inches) a year from 1980 to 2020, up from the 2.6mm 30-year average in 2010.In the next 30 years, China’s coastal sea levels were expected to rise by 55-170mm, the report…
In 2015, governments from across the world committed to the Paris Agreement and its goal...
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A pair of scientific studies find we can still probably avert extreme sea level rise -- but also show how little scientists still understand about the biggest threat, Antarctica.
Around 40,000 sq m of coral reef has been restored in Indonesia with plans to extend the scheme further.
Coral reefs all over the world, from the Florida Reef Tract to Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, are bleaching and dying as ocean temperatures rise. But in a small pocket of the northern Red Sea known as the Gulf of Aqaba, corals are mysteriously thriving.