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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.

Here's How Your Toothpaste Might Be Killing Coral

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 03.06.2015 | Green

Microbeads might work to scrub us clean, but the tiny pieces of plastic found in some face wash, soap and toothpaste products can wreak havoc on coral...

This Undersea World Will Stop You In Your Tracks

Posted 02.23.2015 | Green

Do we really know what lurks in the deep? A new short film showcases some of the most breathtaking -- and bizarre -- creatures that live just beneath ...

BP's Clean Water Act Fines Will Be Smaller Than Gulf States Thought

Susan Buchanan | Posted 03.27.2015 | Green
Susan Buchanan

BP acted with gross negligence in precipitating the April 20, 2010 spill, Barbier ruled last September. This mid-January, he found that BP wasn't grossly negligent or reckless in its source-control efforts to stop the spill.

New Coral Species Discovered Off California Coast

AP | Posted 01.06.2015 | Green

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists have discovered a new species of deep-sea coral in underwater canyons off the Northern California coast, the Nationa...

Rising Sea Temps Cause Severe Coral Bleaching In Hawaii

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 12.06.2014 | Green

KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — While people in Hawaii have been sweating out a lack of trade winds, corals underwater are also suffering. Scientists standi...

The Coral Reef Challenge Is Here

Caroline Cushing Graham | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Caroline Cushing Graham

Surfers are a surprising and small international group of very fit men and women, who understand and care deeply about the state of the ocean, not just the size of the waves and the health of marine life, but the ocean floor.

20 New Species Of Coral Listed As Threatened

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because ...

Reef Mappers: Visually Documenting Coral Reefs, Before They're Gone

Amber Jackson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

In an effort to capture the hearts and minds of people, a group of reef mappers with the Catlin Seaview Survey have set out to visually document coral reefs, before they're gone.

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...

The Secret Ingredient To Hawaii's White Sand Beaches? Parrotfish Poop

James Cave | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green

There are seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains of sand in the world, according to math geniuses at the University of Hawaii. That’s mo...

How The Shutdown Is Screwing Scientific Research Vital To Florida

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 10.04.2013 | Miami

"Personally, I'm extremely frustrated," Margaret Miller told The Huffington Post. "Because Congress isn't capable of doing their jobs, I get prevented...

If You Love the Ocean, Embrace Clean Energy

Catharine Lo | Posted 11.05.2013 | Hawaii
Catharine Lo

During a recent presentation about Hokule'a's worldwide voyage, Polynesian Voyaging Society president Nainoa Thompson remarked that if you want to save the Earth, save the ocean. "Out of four breaths you take," he said, "three come from the ocean."

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, ...

Duller, More Lifeless Oceans? No Thanks

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

For anyone fascinated by the beautiful oddities of the universe hiding around every corner, oceans are an endless smorgasbord of delights. That's why it was sad to see this new study saying that ocean acidification will make our oceans, well, less interesting. And, more troubling still, less alive.

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...

Saving the Last Coral Wilderness on Earth

Greg Stone | Posted 08.02.2013 | TED Weekends
Greg Stone

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe story of the Phoenix Islands shows how a single small action by a few individuals can grow to enlist the expertise, energy, and passion of people around the world, from ordinary citizens to professionals to policymakers at the highest levels of government.

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...

LOOK: Miami's Marine Biology As You've Never Seen It Before

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 12.17.2012 | Miami

Some people say -- and they make a good case -- that to understand Miami you have to understand the forces and influences of the drug trade, money, an...

Underwater Beauty ENDANGERED

Florida Keys Keynoter | Kevin Wadlow | Posted 02.04.2013 | Miami

Seven corals found in Florida Keys waters could be added to the list of oceanic species federally protected under the Endangered Species Act. The dec...

Ordinary People Helping Our Oceans in Extraordinary Ways

Francesca Koe | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Francesca Koe

With the help of people just like you and me, collectively we will know a whole lot more about the numbers and types of sea life in our waters, how best to respond to a major disturbance, and how much success we're having in protecting vulnerable habitats.

Half Of Great Barrier Reef Lost In Past 3 Decades

Posted 10.02.2012 | Green

By Katharine Gammon, LiveScience Contributor: Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a glittering gem — the world's largest coral reef ecosystem — c...

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...

Life Finds a Way -- But Needs Our Help

Carl Safina | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Carl Safina

The science is clear that coral reefs are in many places degraded and in serious trouble. But no science has, or likely can, determine that reefs and all their associated non-coral creatures are unequivocally, equally and everywhere, completely doomed to total non-existence.

WATCH: Discovering Rare Corals In Tysfjord, Norway

Lindblad Expeditions | Posted 06.09.2012 | Travel
Lindblad Expeditions

When we think about coral reefs, we usually imagine a tropical idyll, snorkeling or diving in warm, clear water surrounded by shoals of rainbow hued fish. But there are also corals that build reefs in the dark, cold waters in the depths of the world's oceans.