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John Nicholson | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
John Nicholson

I've had many friends visit the Maldives over the years, and they all rave about it nonstop when they get back. This tiny archipelago in the Indian Oc...

Science in Somaliland

Luiz A. Rocha | Posted 01.27.2016 | Science
Luiz A. Rocha

My work takes me to some spectacular places, and our latest expedition was no exception: Somaliland. When I told my colleagues where we were going, the reaction was predictably the same, everyone thought we were crazy.

The Effects of Climate Change On Coral Reefs and Women at Jacques Cousteau's Underwater Reserve, Guadeloupe

The Advice Project | Posted 01.14.2016 | Travel
The Advice Project

About 25% of the world's fish (over 4,000 species!) live on coral reefs, and they provide more than 450 million people with food and income. Reefs create islands through the accumulation of sand and sediment, providing homes to people, birds, and turtles, as well as shelter so that delicate seagrass beds and mangrove habitats can thrive.

This Is The Great Barrier Reef Like You've Never Seen It Before

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 01.12.2016 | Science

Sir David Attenborough is the indisputable king of nature documentaries. He's best known for narrating "Planet Earth," the BBC series, but over h...

NASA's Game-Changing Plan To Save Coral Reefs

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 01.08.2016 | Science

NASA's high-tech endeavors normally look outward. But given the existential threat facing the world's coral reefs, the space agency has decided t...

How the Deepwater Horizon Disaster Gave One Scientist New Direction

The Conversation US | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
The Conversation US

Corals are fascinating animals. Just like there would be no forests without trees, there would be no coral reefs without corals.

Scientists Have More Depressing News About Our Coral Reefs

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 12.11.2015 | Science

Biologists have long regarded fish, urchins and sea turtles as "secret weapons" in the fight to protect coral reefs from human pollution and...

Watch: Coral Reef Is Destroyed In Seconds By Cruise Ship Anchor

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 12.10.2015 | Science

An underwater video posted to YouTube Tuesday captures portions of a coral reef being obliterated by a cruise ship’s anchor and chain in...

You Can Make Your Voice Heard At COP21

Jonah Bryson | Posted 12.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jonah Bryson

As a kid, I loved the oceans. I still do. However, last summer, I went diving in the Caribbean and experienced something that forever changed the way I saw the oceans. I didn't see an ecosystem full of bright reefs and all sorts of creatures... I saw dead reefs covering the ocean floor.

Saving Coral Reefs Requires Halting Climate Change

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Local conservation efforts are important to restoring and protecting coral reefs. However, if we don't halt climate change those efforts will not be enough to save them. That's why marine biologists and ocean lovers have their eyes on the COP 21 climate negotiations in Paris this week.

Healthy, Dying, Dead: This Is What It Looks Like When A Reef Is Bleached

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 12.04.2015 | Science

Sometimes, when things aren't quite right with the oceans, a once-pristine, colorful reef will start to die. Corals that take thousands of years to g...

5 Questions about Climate Change and Coral Reefs for Dr. Emily Darling

Tim Ward | Posted 12.02.2015 | Green
Tim Ward

Most people are aware of the drastic impacts of Climate Change in the atmosphere. Fewer people know what is happening beneath the surface of the oceans on coral reefs, the "rainforests of tropical oceans."

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 11.29.2015 | 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
XPRIZE

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.