coral reefs

Hyperbolic crochet coral reef comes to the Smithsonian

Article: Hyperbolic crochet coral reef comes to the Smithsonian

According to the Smithsonian Institution, coral reefs have been called “the rainforests of the sea” for the incredible biodiversity they support. Also like their terrestrial counterparts, reefs are under constant attack from a variety of human impacts: from commercial fishing and diving to higher, more acidic oceans caused by climate change.

Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

Article: Climate Change Could Ruin Florida's $5.5 Billion Reef Economy

SARASOTA, Florida, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – A new analysis of economic activity generated by Florida’s coral reefs finds that some 70,000 jobs and more than $5.5 billion in business in the state could disappear if climate change destroys the reefs. “A business-as-usual approach to climate change could mean a lot less business for Florida,”…

Hundreds of New Corals Found on Familiar Australian Reefs

Article: Hundreds of New Corals Found on Familiar Australian Reefs

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, September 19, 2008 (ENS) – Teams of marine researchers exploring Australian reefs long known to divers have been surprised and delighted to find hundreds of new kinds of soft corals and other animal species never before described by scientists. The researchers say multiple threats to coral biodiversity make the scientific inventory of life…

Honolulu Declaration Offers Ways to Curb Ocean Acidification

Article: Honolulu Declaration Offers Ways to Curb Ocean Acidification

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii, August 27, 2008 (ENS) – As the oceans absorb increasing amounts of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, they are becoming increasingly acid, weakening the world’s coral reefs. Today, top marine scientists and The Nature Conservancy offered a plan to combat ocean acidification that includes limits on fossil fuel emissions, reduction of stress on…

Global Warming Chief Among Threats to Coral Reefs

Article: Global Warming Chief Among Threats to Coral Reefs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, July 7, 2008 (ENS) – Nearly half of U.S. coral reef ecosystems are considered to be in “poor” or “fair” condition according to a new analysis of the health of coral reefs under U.S. jurisdiction by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. The report was released by NOAA today at the…

UN: Mangrove Forests Vanishing at an "Alarming" Rate

Article: UN: Mangrove Forests Vanishing at an "Alarming" Rate

ROME, Italy, February 3, 2008 (ENS) – The world has lost about 20 percent of its wetland mangrove forests since 1980, the United Nations said Thursday in a new report to mark World Wetlands Day, February 2. Mangroves are salt tolerant evergreen forests found along coastlines, lagoons, rivers or deltas in 124 tropical and subtropical…

Human Activities Endangering Caribbean Coral Reefs

Article: Human Activities Endangering Caribbean Coral Reefs

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Canada, January 9, 2008 (ENS) – Coral reefs in the Caribbean are being degraded by human activities – coastal development, fishing, pollution, and agricultural land use – according to a new study of 322 sites across 13 countries throughout the region. “The continuing degradation of coral reefs may be soon beyond repair,…

Global Warming Could Kill World's Coral Reefs in 50 Years

Article: Global Warming Could Kill World's Coral Reefs in 50 Years

ST. LUCIA, Queensland, Australia, December 21, 2007 (ENS) – Seventeen eminent marine scientists warn that world leaders face a race against time in preparing coral reefs, and the coastal communities dependent upon them for the “inevitable impact” of rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. Their new study shows that levels of carbon…