NC scientists find that oyster reefs can grow faster than sea-level rise
Climate scientists predict that by 2100, sea level will be 2 to 3 feet higher than it is today, but it appears that oyster reefs may adapt to the change.
Can coral save our oceans? Researchers discover soft coral tissue may help protect reefs
Coral reefs are home to a rich and diverse ecosystem, providing a habitat for a wide range of marine animals. But the increasing acidification of ocean water is jeopardizing the calcified foundations of these ...
Study grapples with ocean climate stress challenge
(Phys.org) —Researchers are struggling to solve the challenge of predicting climate change impacts on marine environments.
Mangroves prove favoured hangout for young rays
Mangrove forests within the coastal lagoon of Mangrove Bay in Ningaloo Reef appear to be a key habitat for tropical rays during their vulnerable juvenile life-stage, a collaborative research project between ...
Australia says UNESCO reef deferral 'a win for logic'
Australia Thursday called a decision by UNESCO to defer listing the Great Barrier Reef as in danger "a win for logic", but environmentalists said it was a final warning.
UNESCO warns Australia over Great Barrier Reef
UN cultural agency UNESCO on Wednesday warned Australia that the Great Barrier Reef could be put on a list of endangered World Heritage Sites if more is not done to protect it.
How the Great Barrier Reef survived colder temperatures
The Great Barrier Reef grew during the last ice age, even though the water temperatures were four to five degrees colder than today, a team of international scientists has found.
Corals could be cured using probiotic like Yakult
The research, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, aimed to discover which microbes cause White Band Disease (WBD), which is killing corals in the Caribbean.
Why species matter
UC Santa Barbara doctoral candidate Caitlin Fong travels to French Polynesia often but not for vacation. She goes there to study a coral reef ecosystem influenced by human impacts such as overfishing and ...
Australian natural wonders under UNESCO spotlight
Australia is home to some of the most pristine environment on Earth, but two of its most high-profile protected areas face threats to their status as World Heritage Sites at a UNESCO meeting starting Sunday ...
Australians rally over future of Tasmania forest
Thousands of Australians rallied Saturday against the proposed logging of protected forests in rugged Tasmania ahead of a UNESCO World Heritage meeting where the issue will be discussed.
Australia says pollution falling at Great Barrier Reef
Australia on Thursday said it was confident the Great Barrier Reef would avoid a World Heritage downgrade after a new report card showed pollutants entering the water had been significantly reduced.
Why the urge to find 'Nemo' has helped fish diversify
Caring parents foster successful offspring, or so the thinking goes. But for reef fishes, such as Disney's charismatic clownfish, Nemo, the effects of parental care stretch right across evolutionary time ...
NOAA announces updated process for nominating new national marine sanctuaries
For 40 years, America's national marine sanctuaries have worked to protect sites ranging from a Civil War shipwreck to coral reefs and tiny atolls. Today, NOAA announced that beginning this week the American ...