Coral Reef – GBRI
 

A new research undertaken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association concluded that as climate change is acidifying Earth’s oceans, it is becoming increasingly difficult for coral reefs to acclimatize, thereby making them more vulnerable to bleaching. Ocean acidification (OA) occurs when carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is absorbed by seawater, resulting in a chemical […]

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Today, our planet is witnessing species perishing at an alarming rate, more than ever before in the history of humankind. Climate change, global warming and human activities like logging, farming and fishing are driving around 1 million plant and animal species to extinction. This despite the fact that many ecosystems now at risk can provide valuable services […]

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Palau, a small island nation in the western Pacific, recently made headlines for becoming the first country in the world to ban sunscreens containing any one of the ten chemicals that could harm its beautiful coral reefs. These are the same chemicals targeted in Hawaii’s chemical sunscreen ban earlier this year. Palau, which is home to […]

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A team of researchers from Queensland University of Technology has developed an underwater drone that is capable of protecting the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching, pollution and coral-eating starfish. The drone named RangerBot has been trained to detect crown-of-thorns starfish with 99% accuracy and can inject the coral-eating starfish with vinegar or bile salts, both deadly to the […]

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Hawaii’s coral reefs are under threat – not just from warming sea temperatures, but also thousands of tons of sunscreen that gets washed off our bodies right into the ocean. The vibrant Hawaiian coral reefs are a major tourist attraction, besides being extremely important for marine ecosystems. That’s why the island state is about to […]

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As a result of impressive conservation steps undertaken by Belize’s government, the world famous Mesoamerican coral reef in Belize has been removed from the list of threatened World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The reef – the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia – is an underwater playground for hundreds […]

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Frequent coral bleaching events in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef due to rising sea temperatures have worried environmentalists and scientists across the globe. Thankfully, a recent trial of ‘coral IVF’ treatment to heal parts of the reef damaged due to bleaching is giving hope to scientists. “There’s a very clear outcome, the higher the numbers of […]

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Environmentalists have long been worried about rising sea temperatures and its impact on marine life, particularly the coral reefs. Mass coral bleaching events have been seen across the globe, threatening their very existence on our planet. Now researchers working with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation have developed a new technology, a super-thin film that is […]

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a $60 million rescue package – to be spent over a period of 18 months – for the Great Barrier Reef. The package will include research on developing “resilient” coral, an increased number of reef officers and vessels targeting crown of thorns starfish outbreaks, and paying farmers to pollute […]

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