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Microbes from land invading and harming coral reefs

The world's coral reefs are already at risk from global warming. A new study suggests corals face a new problem: microbes, normally associated with land. Such harming microbes are coming as outfall from sewage treatment plants and coastal inlets.

Hawaii wants to ban chemical sunscreens to save its coral reefs

Last month, a Hawaiian state senator proposed a bill that would ban the sale of chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate across the Islands, although presscriptions would be allowed.

Thailand bans tourists from 3 more islands to protect coral reefs

Bangkok - Less than 2 weeks ago, the Thai government closed Koh Tachai island indefinitely. On Wednesday, the government chose to ban all tourist activities at three more islands: Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui, and Koh Khai Nai.

Op-Ed: Scientists say turn Guantanamo Bay into a marine research park

Long before his historic trip to Cuba, President Barack Obama had been trying to close the infamous prison facility at Guantanamo Bay. Many Republicans have opposed this, insisting that the prison sends a strong message to would-be terrorists.

A horrific fishing tactic in Tanzania is destroying marine life

Dar Es Salaam - The use of explosives in catching fish was outlawed some years ago in Tanzania, but recent reports confirm the practice is alive and well in the African country.

White sand beaches? — They were made from parrot fish poop

Don't you just love the pictures in travel magazines of stunning white sand beaches surrounded by clear emerald blue waters? If you have ever wondered where white sand comes from, you may be surprised to learn those grains of sand are parrot fish poop.

Changing ocean conditions pose threat to coral reefs

The threat to the world's coral reefs from ocean acidification has been well documented. Less understood is the sensitivity of coral to bioerosion. A study was undertaken to better understand erosion's impact on coral reefs with rising sea levels.

Govt adds 20 species of coral to endangered species list

St. Petersburg - More than a dozen species of corals are the newest addition to the Endangered Species Act, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Announced on Tuesday. The listing of 20 species is the largest Endangered Species Act ruling ever.

Coral reef decline linked to overfishing of sharks

A simple case of cause and effect may be why the world's coral reefs have been trending towards decline. According to a new study, the killing of too many sharks is also killing the population of herbivorous fish that keep reefs healthy.

‘Warming planet’ could destroy world’s coral reefs by 2050

Washington - A new study shows the planet's coral reefs are dying at a rapid rate, calling global warming a major threat to their health. The study says ocean temperatures and acidity levels are higher than "any other time in at least the last 400,000 years."

Sunken whaling ship of 'Moby Dick' captain found

Nantucket - Remains of a whaling ship discovered on a remote coral reef nearly 600 miles northwest of Honolulu, Hawaii are believed to be those of the second ship that inspired Herman Melville's classic 'Moby Dick.'

Coral reefs grow rare beauty — and agreement

A study done in Hawaii by Oregon State University and University of Hawaii researchers found that the wondrous beauty of coral reefs trumps all debate about human use versus environmental conservation. Most say, "Save the coral reefs, no matter what!"

Marine Scientists Say Fifth of World's Coral Reefs Dead

The Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network has released a report on the condition of coral reefs around the world and the news is not good.

New Indicator Can Predict Coral Health

A new indicator of coral health has been discovered in a community of microscopic single-celled algae called dinoflagellates.

Butterflyfish May Become Extinct

A beautiful black, white and yellow butterflyfish, much admired by eco-tourists, divers and aquarium keepers alike, may be at risk of extinction, scientists have warned; the case of the Chevroned Butterflyfish is a stark example.

The Coral's Sick All Over the World

The International Year of the Reef launches a campaign to increase reef awareness and convince people to take an active role in protecting the reefs. The environmental campaign comes up against the ecotourism concept and the situation could get fishy.

Coral Reefs Are Increasingly Vulnerable To Angry Oceans

More sad news that is being associated with "Global Warming"...
 

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Coral reefs are one of Hawaii s biggest tourist draws.
Coral reefs are one of Hawaii's biggest tourist draws.
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Coral reef off the coast of Tanzania shows the effects of blast fishing.
Coral reef off the coast of Tanzania shows the effects of blast fishing.
Saleem Kikeke
Close up of a crown-of-thorns starfish at Gardner Pinnacles in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National M...
Close up of a crown-of-thorns starfish at Gardner Pinnacles in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.
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Mandarinfish are beautiful denizens of coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific.
Mandarinfish are beautiful denizens of coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific.
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Increased acidification of the oceans will prove to be devastating to marine ecosystems.
Increased acidification of the oceans will prove to be devastating to marine ecosystems.
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Sad to think that something as beautiful as these corals may vanish if we do not limit fossil fuel e...
Sad to think that something as beautiful as these corals may vanish if we do not limit fossil fuel emissions.
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Coral reefs are a breeding ground for many ocean fish and they act as a natural weather buffer for c...
Coral reefs are a breeding ground for many ocean fish and they act as a natural weather buffer for coastlines. Scientists suggest ocean acidification will cause severe reductions in coral reef diversity by the middle of this century.
Mila Zinkova
Corals off Ross Island.
Corals off Ross Island.
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This undated photo released on April 20  2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the...
This undated photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a diver checking the bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef
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A new study shows that rising ocean temperatures and increased acidity levels are likely to lead to ...
A new study shows that rising ocean temperatures and increased acidity levels are likely to lead to extreme bleaching events for the world's coral reefs.
Adam Blicharski/flickr
Coral reefs in Micronesia.
Coral reefs in Micronesia.
David Burdick - NOAA
Local threats and thermal stresses are putting extreme pressures on the world s coral reefs  with a ...
Local threats and thermal stresses are putting extreme pressures on the world's coral reefs, with a new report projecting they could all be gone by 2050.
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Coral reefs need to grow just below the sea surface so that the corals  symbiotic photosynthetic alg...
Coral reefs need to grow just below the sea surface so that the corals' symbiotic photosynthetic algae can absorb sunlight.
Tom DeCarlo, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Hawaii s coral reefs are home to some unique coral formations.
Hawaii's coral reefs are home to some unique coral formations.
NOAA
Water quality improvements  particularly controlling nutrient inputs  can bolster reef resilience to...
Water quality improvements, particularly controlling nutrient inputs, can bolster reef resilience to bleaching and implementation of existing laws may help mitigate ocean acidification effects on nearshore habitats.
Jerry Reid/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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