02/19/2018 Most Sunscreens Can Harm Coral Reefs. What Should Travelers Do?
The coral reefs around the Turks & Caicos Islands are a major tourist attraction, and Mark Parrish is trying to make sure the visitors he takes there don’t kill them with cosmetics. He co-owns Big Blue Unlimited, a tour operation that guides snorkeling ...
02/21/2018 These Bizarre Sea Creatures May Help Save Coral Reefs—If They Survive
Sea cucumbers aren’t cucumbers at all. But they share one thing with their terrestrial namesake: You can eat them. That’s why a study released online on February 19 is disturbing. It shows that demand in China for these soft-bodied, bottom-dwelling ...
02/18/2018 Coral reef monitoring takes to the skies: drone-mounted hyperspectral cameras help scientists assess health of coral reefs
Hyperspectral images taken from cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are helping scientists survey the composition and health of coral reefs under the water. These images capture information from visible (light) and non-visible sections of the ...
02/21/2018 Bleached coral reefs to heal by 2022
Severely bleached coral reefs in Phang Nga will recover by 2022, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said Wednesday. Once prized as the most pristine reefs in the Andaman, some in Mu Koh Surin Marine National Park have been badly damaged but can ...
02/21/2018 Sea urchins drill holes into rocky reefs at an impressive rate
When you go on vacation to the seaside, you are likely to see some prickly sea urchins, especially on rocks. Though you may be busy trying not to step on them, if you look a bit closer, you can see that they may be sitting in a hollow space in the rock.
02/21/2018 US Coral Reef Task Force to focus on conservation
WASHINGTON—The Department of the Interior and the Department of Commerce, through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will host the 39th biannual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force this week. The public business meeting will be ...
02/09/2018 Coral Scientists Eye ‘Radical Intervention’ To Save The World’s Reefs
WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s leading coral scientists stressed Thursday that the situation facing coral reefs is nothing short of desperate — and a drastic cut in global carbon dioxide emissions won’t be enough to protect corals from deadly ...