U.N. Says Great Barrier Reef Is ‘in Danger.’ Australia Bitterly Disagrees.

UNESCO has called on the government to quickly mitigate the effects of climate change on the natural wonder and tourist destination, but officials say they are already doing plenty.

#coral, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #reefs, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #world-heritage-sites

Oyster Farmers Who Feared Going Broke Brace for Summer Boom

When restaurants closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the nationwide market for oysters cratered. That’s not the end of the story.

#clams, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fish-farming, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #nature-conservancy, #new-jersey, #new-york-harbor, #oysters, #pew-charitable-trusts, #reefs, #restoration-and-renovation, #seafood, #shutdowns-institutional

With Swarms of Ships, Beijing Tightens Its Grip on South China Sea

After building artificial islands, China is using large fleets of ostensibly civilian boats to press other countries’ vessels out of disputed waters.

#china, #duterte-rodrigo, #international-relations, #malaysia, #philippines, #reefs, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #vietnam, #xi-jinping

In the Oceans, the Volume Is Rising as Never Before

A new review of the scientific literature confirms that anthropogenic noise is becoming unbearable for undersea life.

#acoustics, #animals, #biodiversity, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #law-of-the-sea-un-convention, #noise, #oceans-and-seas, #reefs, #ships-and-shipping, #united-nations-convention-on-biological-diversity, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

A Race Against Time to Rescue a Reef From Climate Change

In an unusual experiment, a coral reef in Mexico is now insured against hurricanes. A team of locals known as “the Brigade” rushed to repair the devastated corals, piece by piece.

#environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #insurance, #mexico, #reefs

A Pinnacle of Coral Is Discovered in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

The underwater skyscraper teems with sea life and had been overlooked in past surveys of the reef system.

#australia, #coral, #exploration-and-explorers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #reefs, #research, #schmidt-ocean-institute, #your-feed-science

‘They’re Calling You on the Squid Phone’

Cephalopod researchers were surprised by the sighting of a ram’s horn squid, a peculiar animal never before filmed in its natural environment.

#biology-and-biochemistry, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #marine-biology, #reefs, #squid, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half Its Corals

Researchers in Australia blamed climate change for the loss, which they said could diminish critical habitats for fish and other marine life.

#andy-dietzel, #arc-center-of-excellence-for-coral-reef, #australia, #coral, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society, #reefs

When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble

Against the backdrop of climate change, the delicate underwater ecology of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands is hurting from declines in otters.

#alaska, #aleutian-islands, #algae, #carbon-dioxide, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #otters-animals, #reefs, #research, #science-journal, #sea-urchins, #seaweed, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Why Some Tropical Fish Are Gettin’ Squiggly With It

On occasion, different species of angelfish produce hybrid offspring even more colorful than the parents.

#coral, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #reefs, #reproduction-biological, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Coronavirus, Fewer Tourists and Australia’s Famous Reef

The tourism operators who depend on the natural wonder, already contending with climate change, have been walloped by the pandemic. The absence of visitors is bad for them — and the reef.

#cairns-australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #reefs, #travel-and-vacations

New Red Algae Are Threatening Hawaii’s Coral Reefs, Scientists Say

The recently discovered species covers coral in a thick layer and suffocates it. Scientists don’t know where it came from.

#algae, #coral, #hawaii, #invasive-species, #reefs, #seaweed

The Great Wonders Beyond the Great Reef

A recent expedition to the inky depths of the Coral Sea revealed an unknown world of creatures and geologic features.

#coral, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #great-barrier-reef-australia, #maps, #reefs, #schmidt-eric-e, #submarines-and-submersibles, #your-feed-science

When Coral’s Colorful Show Is a Sign That It’s Sick

Under stress, certain coral species put on displays to try to re-attract symbiotic algae they need to survive.

#algae, #color, #coral, #current-biology-journal, #global-warming, #reefs, #research, #wiedenmann-jorg, #your-feed-science

7 Travel Stories to Help You Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Confined to the great indoors on Earth Day? These stories will help remind you of the natural world’s many splendors — and why environmental protections are of crucial importance for the future of the planet.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bonaire, #caribbean-area, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-fla, #fiji, #florida, #global-warming, #great-britain, #reefs, #scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #vietnam