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Climate Blamed for Slow Growth of Great Barrier Reef Corals

Climate Blamed for Slow Growth of Great Barrier Reef Corals

TOWNSVILLE, Queensland, Australia, January 9, 2009 (ENS) – Global warming is slowing the growth of corals on the world’s largest reef, Australian scientists have shown in a newly published study. “Evidence is strong that the decline has been caused by a combination of rising sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification,” say the scientists. Both phenomena…

Hundreds of New Corals Found on Familiar Australian Reefs

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…

Environmentalists Win a Second Navy Sonar Case This Week

Environmentalists Win a Second Navy Sonar Case This Week

LOS ANGELES, California, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court in San Francisco today issued a preliminary injunction limiting the area in which the U.S. Navy may train with a low-frequency sonar system, known as Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar, or SURTASS LFA, that booms low tones at high volume…

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

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…