Around the world, coral reefs are facing trouble. Coral bleaching, due in part to rising ocean temperatures, has stressed reefs, leaving them weakened and susceptible to disease. Now, in Florida, scientists are struggling to combat a mysterious disease that’s threatening the future of the world’s third largest coral reef.
by nicola jones In Hawaii this summer, as corals engage in their once-a-year courtship ritual of releasing sperm and eggs into the water by moonlight, Ruth Gates will oversee a unique mating: the coming together of “super-corals” in her lab…. Read More ›
Sep 2, 2013 Insight: ocean acidification will destroy reef-friendly waters Researchers at the Carnegie Institution in the US have examined the implications of ocean acidification for the sustainability of coral reefs as the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere… Read More ›
But if current trends continue, the unthinkable could happen: the Great Barrier Reef could die.
Editor’s note: The following is from a recent SLO Coast Journal Report for May 2013. Another article follows– “Endangered Coral Reefs.” Pollution-threatened Bays Need to be Marine Sanctuaries by Carol Georgi and Karl Kempton, Former Energy Planner for San Luis… Read More ›