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WCS at 120: Celebrating a 12-Decade Commitment to Protecting Wild Places

Dr. Cristián Samper | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Dr. Cristián Samper

It is perhaps fitting that the 120th anniversary of WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) this week coincides with the establishment of three new marine parks in Madagascar. Since its founding 12 decades ago, WCS has dedicated itself to the protection of wildlife and wild places.

Can Ocean Health Be Saved Through Underwater Apps?

Brett Greene | Posted 01.22.2015 | Denver
Brett Greene

On the last EcoWatch report card our oceans received a "D" grade. This grade is based on factors including pollution, overfishing and the impacts of climate change, biodiversity, carbon storage, coastal protection, clean waters, natural products, coastal livelihoods, economies, tourism and recreation.

Were Scientists Wrong About Reefs?

natureheader | Jessica Morrison | Posted 06.28.2014 | Science

Animal reef-building evolved millions of years earlier than previously thought, researchers report today in Science1. Scientists have discovered fossi...

Could 'Designer Reefs' Save The Oceans?

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 05.13.2014 | Green

Coral reefs are up against steep odds, according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment released last week. Among the many scary charts therein, ...

The Occasional Evolutionist III: Coral Reefs Down for the Count

Ann Reid | Posted 07.01.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

Life is resilient. Evolution provides a lot of tools for adaptation. But organisms can only change so much, so fast. The fossil record provides thousands of examples of organisms that could not adapt to abruptly changing conditions and became extinct.

You've Never Seen A Coral Reef Like This Before

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green

A hard piece of coral transforms into a flexible creature, its finger-covered tendrils extended toward the ocean currents. Alien surfaces morph and fl...

LOOK: These Macro Coral Photos Are Jaw-Dropping

Posted 11.10.2014 | Green

We knew coral reefs were beautiful, but these macro shots of the aquatic polyps are totally breathtaking. The photos were taken by Daniel Stoupin, ...

'Hell Will Freeze Over' Before Artificial Reef Is Removed

AP | By ALICIA LOPEZ and CIARAN GILES | Posted 10.18.2013 | Green

GIBRALTAR (AP) — The European Commission said Monday it hopes Britain and Spain will be able to resolve their latest dispute over Gibraltar by thems...

Scientists Make New Discoveries At Hawaiian Coral Reefs

AP | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green

HONOLULU -- Scientists made new discoveries while recently diving to deep coral reefs in the remote atolls of northwest Hawaii. The Papahanaumokuakea...

Grounded Ship May Have Damaged Coral Reef

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2013 | Green

MANILA, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino has given instructions not to allow the U.S. navy to salvage its grounded USS Guardia...

Alarming Thing Makes Coral Have Less 'Sex'

Posted 12.26.2012 | Science

By: Julie Manoharan, LiveScience Contributor Published: 12/26/2012 09:02 AM EST on LiveScience No one thinks damaging coral is sexy, but researche...

For Love of Nature

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Summer Rayne Oakes

2012-12-05-Screenshot20121205at2.28.07PM.jpgIt was my sophomore year of college when I discovered Tom Eisner's class: For Love of Nature.

Can Nation's Last Remaining Coral Reef Be Saved?

Posted 10.22.2012 | Green

By OurAmazingPlanet Staff: Despite the frosty scenes its name evokes, Sweden has a coral reef. In fact, it formerly had three, and the la...

Coral Hotspots Discovered Off Northeast U.S. Coast

Posted 09.30.2012 | Green

From OurAmazingPlanet Staff: A survey of underwater canyons off the U.S. East Coast found a number of previously unknown hotspots for deep-sea cora...

LOOK: Google Maps Breathtaking New Locations

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 09.27.2012 | Technology

While Apple can't seem to map the world correctly, Google has once again upped its global cartography collection -- this time by plunging into the dee...

'Time Is Running Out'

AP | Posted 09.07.2012 | Green

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- An international conservation organization is painting a grim picture of the Caribbean's iconic coral reefs. The Internation...

Is Ozone Hole To Blame For Weird Ailment Affecting Fish?

Posted 08.02.2012 | Science

By: LiveScience Staff Published: 08/01/2012 05:11 PM EDT on LiveScience The first case of skin cancer in a wild marine fish population looks eeri...

WATCH: Chef Creates Edible Coral Reef

Posted 02.06.2012 | Home

Peter Gilmore is the chef of Quay, one of Sydney's -- and the world's -- best restaurants. Fittingly, Gilmore is inspired by Australia's Great Barrier...

Saving The Reefs, One Aquarium At A Time?

Posted 11.23.2011 | Green

In an effort to help preserve the world's coral reef ecosystem, marine researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are developing ways to breed s...

Protect Our Coral Sea

Isabel Lucas | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green
Isabel Lucas

I've become passionately involved with the Protect Our Coral Sea initiative, which aims to create the largest marine park in the world, free of fishing, oil and gas exploration, and seabed mining.

Ship Loaded With Coal Runs Aground, Damages Coral Reef

AP | Posted 07.12.2011 | Green

MANILA, Philippines -- Officials say a ship loaded with coal has run aground and destroyed a large portion of a marine sanctuary in the southern Phili...

WATCH: Navy Ship Sunk In Cayman Islands

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - A decommissioned U.S. Navy ship was scuttled Wednesday in the clear Caribbean waters of the Cayman Islands, where officials s...

Coral Reefs Are Trying to Tell Us Something: We Must Break Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels

Sigourney Weaver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sigourney Weaver

Scientists point to coral as a canary in the coalmine for climate change -- and their reaction to increased water temperatures isn't the only indication that carbon emissions are reaching dangerous levels.

Gulf Oil Spill Meets Dead Zone: What Lies Beneath

Brenda Peterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brenda Peterson

Facts can be filed away and forgotten. But a story is often vividly remembered. So here's a story about the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone -- what it looks and feels like to experience this as an undersea diver.

The Most Beautiful Coral Reefs (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Travis Walter Donovan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Coral reefs are the rainforests of our oceans, providing a home for 25% of all marine life. Coral polyps create calcium carbonate to build the reefs ...