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Corals Die as Global Warming Collides with Local Weather in the South China Sea

Corals Die as Global Warming Collides with Local Weather in the South China Sea

In the South China Sea, a 2°C rise in the sea surface temperature in June 2015 was amplified to produce a 6°C rise on Dongsha Atoll, a shallow coral reef ecosystem, killing approximately 40 percent of the resident coral community according to a study published in Scientific Reports this week.

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Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide

Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study. Watching a massive coral reef die-off on the Caribbean coast of Panama, they suspected it was caused by a dead zone – a low-oxygen area that snuffs out marine life – rather than by ocean warming or acidification.

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Greenpeace images show Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching for second year in a row

Greenpeace images show Great Barrier Reef suffering coral bleaching for second year in a row

Greenpeace Australia Pacific today releases shocking photos and footage documenting the Great Barrier Reef’s first severe coral bleaching to happen two years in a row. The bleaching is the result of 12 months of above-average sea temperatures, which is “cooking the reef alive”.

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50 Reefs Initiative Is Good News For Coral Reefs

50 Reefs Initiative Is Good News For Coral Reefs

Coral reefs are in crisis. The facts are clear: without a different approach to conservation, coral reefs will continue to decline toward extinction. However, an announcement last week in Bali, Indonesia gave us some new reasons to be hopeful.

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Cost-effective solutions to sediment runoff and other land-based pollution affecting West Maui reefs

Cost-effective solutions to sediment runoff and other land-based pollution affecting West Maui reefs

Land-based pollutants have been linked to the degradation of several Hawaiian reefs. Between 2000 and 2015, coral cover on West Maui’s northern reefs has dramatically declined from 30 percent to 10 percent.

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Huge Undersea Landslide Slammed Great Barrier Reef 300,000 Years Ago

Huge Undersea Landslide Slammed Great Barrier Reef 300,000 Years Ago

More than 300,000 years ago, a colossal undersea landslide sent huge amounts of debris sliding down the Great Barrier Reef, generating a 90-foot-high (27 meters) tsunami, researchers have discovered.

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Threat of poisonous algae growing on Great Barrier Reef

Threat of poisonous algae growing on Great Barrier Reef

The future of the Great Barrier Reef looks increasingly precarious. Researchers in Australia have identified a new threat — not bleaching, but encroaching algae.

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Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Dying

Japan’s Largest Coral Reef Is Dying

More than 90 percent of the corals in Sekiseishoko reef, located in the Ryukyu Islands near Okinawa, were discovered to be at least partially bleached when surveyed in November and December. About 70 percent of the reef’s living corals were found to have died.

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Video Captures the Violent Act of Coral Bleaching

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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