Ireland has corals, and they survive in extreme conditions at the edge of a submarine canyon

But these 'cold-water coral' are threatened by accelerating sea currents.

Aaron Lim, Post-doctoral Researcher, Marine Geoscience, University College Cork • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~5 min

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‘Blood test’ can pinpoint overheated, unhealthy corals

A new method works like a blood test to identify heat-stressed corals that need protection from warming ocean waters linked to climate change.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 4, 2021 ~4 min

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Decaying Red Sea tanker could be an oil spill time bomb

"The time is now to prevent a potential devastation to the region's waters and the livelihoods and health of millions of people..."

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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Coral survivors show some cope better with heatwaves

"Understanding how some corals can survive prolonged heatwaves could provide an opportunity to mitigate the impact of marine heatwaves on coral reefs..."

U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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One-fifth of ecosystems in danger of collapse – here’s what that might look like

Humans have caused ecosystems to collapse on purpose for millennia, to grow food or build settlements. But unplanned collapses are a different matter.

John Dearing, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Great Barrier Reef: Scientists find reef taller than Empire State Building

Standing 500m (1,640ft) tall, the "blade-like" reef was found off Australia's far north.

Oct. 28, 2020 ~4 min

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Darwin’s theory about atolls is ‘beautiful’ but wrong

Charles Darwin's theory about the formation of atolls is elegant, but doesn't reflect key information: sea level. Researchers now correct his work.

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~12 min

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Lack of iron may limit coral resilience to warming seas

Limited access to iron at high ocean temperatures may harm coral resistance to a warming ocean, a new study shows.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 5, 2020 ~6 min

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Mauritius oil spill: how coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass could be affected

Marine wildlife rarely remain in one habitat. Most species rely on a healthy network of ecosystems to raise their young and catch their food.

Ronan Roche, Research Fellow in Marine Science, Bangor University • conversation
Aug. 25, 2020 ~6 min

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Coral sex: how reproducing species in the lab could be key to restoring reefs in the wild

Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.

Jenny Mallon, PhD Candidate in Coral Reef Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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