Posts Tagged Coral

Interesting facts #37…

The Coral Triangle, known as ‘the Amazon of the ocean’, is a network of coral reefs in the waters around the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste that’s a little over 2 million square miles in area and home to over 500 coral species… Read more about this natural underwater oceanic […]

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Climate Impact on Caribbean Coral Reefs May Be Mitigated If… | Inter Press Service… 

A Caribbean climate news report from ipsnews.net: http://www.ipsnews.net/2017/04/climate-impact-on-caribbean-coral-reefs-may-be-mitigated-if/

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Unexpected result: Ocean acidification can also promote shell formation… 

Marine science news update from sciencedaily.com: More carbon dioxide in the air also acidifies the oceans. It seemed to be the logical conclusion that shellfish and corals will suffer, because chalk formation becomes more difficult in more acidic seawater. But now a group of scientists discovered to their own surprise that some tiny unicellular shellfish […]

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Are tiny grazers the new hope for Caribbean reefs?… 

Summary: Thirty years ago a mysterious disease wiped out long-spined black sea urchins across the Caribbean, leading to massive algal overgrowth that smothered already overfished coral reefs. Now, marine biologists report that smaller sea urchins and parrotfish may be taking the place of the large sea urchins, restoring the balance on degraded reefs… Read about […]

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Coral Reef Tourism in Danger as Reefs Struggle to Adapt to Warming…

A recent UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report on world heritage sites in danger from climate change received widespread media attention after the Australian government requested the removal of a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef. However the Great Barrier Reef is not the only coral reef at risk from climate change. The report described […]

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Abrupt Sea Level Rise Looms As Increasingly Realistic Threat by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360…

Ninety-nine percent of the planet’s freshwater ice is locked up in the Antarctic and Greenland ice caps. Now, a growing number of studies are raising the possibility that as those ice sheets melt, sea levels could rise by six feet this century, and far higher in the next, flooding many of the world’s populated coastal […]

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Greenland’s Melt Season Started Nearly Two Months Early…

Report by Brian Kahn on the Greenland melt season on climatecentral.org  “Warm, wet conditions rapidly kicked off the melt season this weekend, more than a month-and-a-half ahead of schedule. It has easily set a record for earliest melt season onset, and marks the first time it’s begun in April…” Read the rest of his report here: […]

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Climate change will lead to deformed and virus-hit coral reefs…

Intro:  Bleaching events triggered by CO2 emissions will make oceans acidic and hostile for coral growth, new studies say… Read the article here at theguardian.com :  Climate change will lead to deformed and virus-hit coral reefs… Related articles: World’s oceans facing biggest coral die-off in history, scientists warn World’s oceans warming at increasingly faster rate… http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/sep/02/coral-catastrophic-future

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As Ocean Waters Heat Up, A Quest to Create ‘Super Corals’ by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment 360…

With the world’s coral reefs increasingly threatened by warmer and more acidic seas, scientists are selectively breeding corals to create species with the best chance to survive in the coming century and beyond. Are genetically modified corals next? Source: As Ocean Waters Heat Up, A Quest to Create ‘Super Corals’ by Nicola Jones: Yale Environment […]

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