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Coral Reefs

This Scientist Is Tackling What Could Be The Largest Coral Reef Die-Off Ever

Ryan Duffy | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Ryan Duffy

When we first met Dr. Ruth Gates this fall, she said something that really stuck with me. She told us that one of the problems with the scientific community is that "we can agree on 95% of something, and then debate the last 5% until it's too late to act."

As the Earth Enters Its Third Mass Bleaching Event, Will Corals Survive?

The Conversation US | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
The Conversation US

The world is experiencing its third mass coral bleaching event. Due to elevated temperatures at tropical locations over the whole planet, large populations of corals are starting to turn white. This is bad, as bleaching can lead to large-scale decreases in coral health and ultimately their death.

Can 'Super Coral' Save Our Oceans?

HuffPost Originals | Ishita Singh | Posted 11.19.2015 | Green

There is an unsustainable amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere that is poisoning our natural world, and scientists are engaged in a heated debat...

6 Lessons for Effective Science-Based Ocean Conservation

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Green
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

The ocean is indeed in deep, deep trouble due to overfishing, climate change, pollution, and habitat destruction, and good science is needed to turn that around. This science doesn't need to be fancy, expensive, or complicated. Rather, it needs to be thoughtful, targeted, and inclusive.

Blue Ocean Film Festival Makes Waves In Monaco, As Cop21 Approaches

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 11.12.2015 | Green
James Marshall Crotty

The just-concluded Blue Ocean Festival and Conservation Summit aims to correct that imbalance. Blue offers a rare chance to see a range of long and short films exclusively focused on marine protection.

Scientists Are Breeding 'Super Corals' To Save Reefs From Global Warming

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science

For thousands of years, human beings have been helping evolution along by tinkering with the breeding habits of plants and animals.  Now, as...

'Green News Report' - October 22, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 10.22.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Calls grow in Congress for Dept. of Justice to investigate Exxon Mobil...

This Everyday Product Could Be Killing The World's Coral Reefs

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.21.2015 | Science

Just two weeks ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) raised the alarm about the terrible plight facing the Earth’s co...

Obama Takes Up White Hat on Climate Change

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

This black hat/white hat dichotomy works best if you can reduce it to individuals as symbols. McKibben is obviously the white hat for the environment. In 2013, his status was confirmed with a Gandhi Peace Award.

The Devils of Darwin: Satan Takes on the Tea Party

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Democrats do not seem up to the task of taking on this new breed of crazy. With the freak show called the GOP primary season in full swing, the time has come to offer up a political counterbalance to dangerous right wing extremism -- beyond what traditional Democrats can muster.

Here's Evidence Something Very Bad Is Happening In Our Oceans

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 10.08.2015 | Science

The planet's coral reefs are experiencing a mass global bleaching, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Th...

Cayman Islands: Will They Pave Paradise?

Georgienne Bradley | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Georgienne Bradley

Many islanders believe that the plan to install concrete piers for easy cruise ship guest access is short sighted and the loss of corals will actually hurt not only the marine ecosystem, but also an important part of island income, tourism.

A Shocking Solution to Save Coral Reefs

XPRIZE | Posted 09.29.2015 | Green

It's one thing to lament the continuing loss of the world's coral reefs due to rising ocean temperatures and acidity -- one study says they shrank from 240,000 square miles in 1997 to 108,000 in 2011 -- but it's quite another thing to put an actual price tag on that loss.

A Historic Chance To Save Our Ocean Treasures

Margie Alt | Posted 09.18.2015 | Green
Margie Alt

Southeast of Cape Cod, where the continental shelf drops off into the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, there are canyons as deep as the Grand Canyon and underwater mountains higher than any east of the Rockies.

Spratly Islands: Burying Coral Reefs Alive

Michael Webster | Posted 08.27.2015 | Science
Michael Webster

If we are serious about saving coral reefs and the many benefits they provide to wildlife and people, we must resist the temptation to engineer small platforms of land aimed solely at flexing geopolitical muscle. Instead, we must prioritize conservation and management actions that allow corals to thrive.

The Climate Post: Studies Make Predictions of How to Comply, What to Look for in Final Clean Power Plan

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Tim Profeta

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is slated to release the final version of its Clean Power Plan, regulating emissions from existing power plants, any day now. Many are already predicting changes, some that could be significant.

Leonardo Da Vinci's Personal Writings Show Us How A Genius Thinks

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts

What goes on in the mind of genius? A new exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts seeks to answer that question by examining Leonardo da Vinc...

Taking Education Underwater With A Virtual Field Trip To The Great Barrier Reef

Polynesian Voyaging Society | Posted 06.22.2015 | Hawaii
Polynesian Voyaging Society

For those navigating Hawaiʻi's sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa around the world, pairing indigenous voyaging with cutting-edge technology is a dream come true.

Blueprint for Saving Cuba's Coral Reefs

Luis A. Solórzano | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Luis A. Solórzano

Cuban coral reefs -- accounting for nearly a third of the coral reefs in the Caribbean -- do not appear to exhibit the more widespread disease and mortality occurring in other sites of the region.

On World Oceans Day, Biscayne National Park Paves the Way for Protecting Corals and Fish Populations with New Marine Reserve

Theresa Pierno | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Theresa Pierno

After 15 years of hard work and planning, we are thrilled to celebrate a major victory at Biscayne National Park. The National Park Service recently announced plans to create a no-fishing marine reserve that will protect about a third of the park's reefs, which are in desperate need of recovery and stronger protections.

Two-Step Strategy for Saving the World's Corals

Caleb McClennen | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Caleb McClennen

While heat stress can cause mass mortality of reefs, well-managed reefs can recover and coral organisms themselves have even demonstrated the ability to adapt. While acidification provides a looming threat, some evidence suggests that healthy reefs may even alter the local chemistry of their surrounding waters to ensure proper pH for calcification.

Coastal Lights Threaten Coral, Study Says

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 05.13.2015 | Green

New research adds pollution from artificial light to threats facing coral, also vulnerable to bottom-trawling, coral bleaching and ocean acidification...

Goldman Prize Winners 2015: When Art Empowers Society, and So Much More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 06.21.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Once again, Goldman Prize awardees embody how single, determined individuals across the world can mobilize enough groundswell to conquer industrial Goliaths. Hailing from diverse backgrounds, these 2015 superheroes form a fountain of inspiration for all of us, and their weblinks show how we can act.

How to Train Your Coral

Craig Musburger | Posted 06.14.2015 | Green
Craig Musburger

Imagine you are in the tropics. Walk down the beach to the water's edge. Put on a mask and snorkel. Take a plunge into the warm, shallow sea, and swim...

Brilliant Lego-Like Structures Serve As Building Block For Restoring Coral Reefs

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.25.2015 | Good News

An Australian designer is going to allow plenty of sea creatures around the world to “just keep swimming.” Alex Goad, a designer in Melbourne, ...