Mangrove & Coral Destruction

Miles of mangrove trees Miles of mangrove trees have died in recent years along the coast of Angola due to a combination of environmental factors, including oil spills. Photo: Joe Hughes

Widespread destruction of mangroves (Bahamas, Australia) and Coral Reefs (Caribbean, Red Sea) has resulted in the loss of some of the worlds most diverse ecosystems. As a side effect, this has greatly increased shoreline hazards and beach erosion rates. The greatest benefit of mangroves is their ability to reduce storm surge. This benefit is long-term and requires no maintenance. The 1999 super typhoon, Orissa, killed over 10,000 people in India drowning many with its powerful storm surge. This number could have been lower if the mangroves had been retained. Mangroves are lost because of clearing for development, logging, and shrimp farming. Coral reefs are lost by mining (Bali, Indonesia), sedimentation from agriculture on the upland (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), bad fishing techniques that kill corals (Pacific Islands), sedimentation from nourished beaches (Waikiki) and a host of other natural and global warming-related causes. Dubai is perhaps the single greatest example of coral reef destruction. The artificial islands built there buried vast coral reefs. Mangroves and coral reefs often provide protection for nearby beaches. Their destruction harms the beach as well.


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Video Captures the Violent Act of Coral Bleaching

The video revealed for the first time how the mushroom coral Heliofungia actiniformis, which is a single polyp, physically reacts to heat stress. The results gave scientists more information about how corals will respond to warming seas that are associated with climate change.

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Could mangrove northern expansion temper global warming?

Fewer hard freezes due to global warming means more mangroves will flourish in Florida and worldwide to trap carbon and temper further warming, new NASA-funded research concludes.

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Philippines: Massive mangrove planting seen to strengthen coastal areas

The massive mangrove plantation initiated by the government will strengthen the protection of the coastal areas in Eastern Visayas against the rise of sea water or storm surge due to strong typhoons.

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A New View of Coral Reefs; Video

NASA’s Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) has studied the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and has several other targets planned.

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When the coral disappears, so will they

By now, the storyline should be familiar: We humans are burning loads of fossil fuels and chopping down the rainforest, and that’s causing the atmosphere to heat up rapidly. The ocean is storing much of that heat. Beneath the surface, there’s evidence of a mass extinction brewing. Coral are among the silent victims, and the results are undeniable. That’s true regardless of who’s in the White House…

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Everglades mangroves might hold billion-dollar fix for climate change

The price of fighting climate change in South Florida has so far focused largely on the billions needed to install pumps, raise roads and retrofit the sprawling infrastructure that keeps the region above sea level. But South Florida might already have a valuable weapon that for ages has been sucking up carbon and keeping the planet cool: mangrove wetlands in the Everglades.

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Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

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Mangrove protection key to survival for Senegalese community

Senegal has lost 40 percent of its mangroves since the 1970s. Mangroves are being eroded by a combination of factors, including global warming, deforestation, public works, salination of the fresh water river and drought. The establishment of a 174-square-kilometre protected area has had a positive effect on safeguarding the local environment.

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In Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, a rapidly disintegrating mangrove forest

Meinmahla wildlife sanctuary, established in 1986, is an area known for its diverse mangrove tree species and saltwater crocodiles. However, it has been described as one the most degraded mangrove systems or national parks many researchers have ever seen.

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Recent / Mangrove and Coral Destruction

Video Captures the Violent Act of Coral Bleaching

January 20th, 2017

The video revealed for the first time how the mushroom coral Heliofungia actiniformis, which is a single polyp, physically reacts to heat stress. The results gave scientists more information about how corals will respond to warming seas that are associated with climate change.

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Could mangrove northern expansion temper global warming?

January 17th, 2017

Fewer hard freezes due to global warming means more mangroves will flourish in Florida and worldwide to trap carbon and temper further warming, new NASA-funded research concludes.

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Philippines: Massive mangrove planting seen to strengthen coastal areas

January 11th, 2017

The massive mangrove plantation initiated by the government will strengthen the protection of the coastal areas in Eastern Visayas against the rise of sea water or storm surge due to strong typhoons.

Read More

A New View of Coral Reefs; Video

January 2nd, 2017

NASA’s Coral Reef Airborne Laboratory (CORAL) has studied the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia and has several other targets planned.

Read More

When the coral disappears, so will they

December 19th, 2016

By now, the storyline should be familiar: We humans are burning loads of fossil fuels and chopping down the rainforest, and that’s causing the atmosphere to heat up rapidly. The ocean is storing much of that heat. Beneath the surface, there’s evidence of a mass extinction brewing. Coral are among the silent victims, and the results are undeniable. That’s true regardless of who’s in the White House…

Read More

Everglades mangroves might hold billion-dollar fix for climate change

December 2nd, 2016

The price of fighting climate change in South Florida has so far focused largely on the billions needed to install pumps, raise roads and retrofit the sprawling infrastructure that keeps the region above sea level. But South Florida might already have a valuable weapon that for ages has been sucking up carbon and keeping the planet cool: mangrove wetlands in the Everglades.

Read More

Great Barrier Reef suffered worst bleaching on record in 2016

November 28th, 2016

Higher water temperatures in 2016 caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a study has found.

Read More

Mangrove protection key to survival for Senegalese community

November 6th, 2016

Senegal has lost 40 percent of its mangroves since the 1970s. Mangroves are being eroded by a combination of factors, including global warming, deforestation, public works, salination of the fresh water river and drought. The establishment of a 174-square-kilometre protected area has had a positive effect on safeguarding the local environment.

Read More

In Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta, a rapidly disintegrating mangrove forest

October 29th, 2016

Meinmahla wildlife sanctuary, established in 1986, is an area known for its diverse mangrove tree species and saltwater crocodiles. However, it has been described as one the most degraded mangrove systems or national parks many researchers have ever seen.

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Fishing communities in Kenya’s South Coast, net cash and more fish from protecting mangroves

October 28th, 2016

Besides protecting mangrove forests themselves, the effort aims to improve local fisheries, as many fish species breed and raise their young in shoreline mangroves, and build resilience to worsening storm surges and coastal erosion. Mangrove forests can also help regulate coastal rainfall, ensuring supplies of water.

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